Farmer facing new bypass nightmare

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Stephen and Rachel Boothman Stephen and Rachel Boothman

A man whose family farm was bulldozed to make way for the Aire Valley Trunk Road is facing a similar nightmare three decades on.

Stephen Boothman had to vacate Bridge Farm, Steeton, which his family had occupied for about ten years, in 1979 when it was compulsorily purchased.

Mr Boothman moved to Colne, where – in a twist-of-fate – he and his family are now facing losing their luxury home to make way for a bypass.

A proposed route for the new road cuts through their Grade Two listed bed and breakfast business, at Blakey Hall Farm in Colne.

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