Councillor hopes to buy Otley riverside site for token £1

Councillor Colin Campbell

Councillor Colin Campbell

First published in News

A councillor is offering to buy a much-disputed riverside site for £1.

The former Bridge End Cattle Market, off Billams Hill, Otley, has been put on sale by Dacres Commercial and Harvey Burns & Co.

The land is on a flood plain and previous plans for a housing scheme have been refused by Leeds City Council.

It also lies within Otley Conservation Area, and Conserve Otley Riverside Campaign (CORC), with backing from local councillors, has been campaigning for years for it to be returned to nature.

Councillor Colin Campbell (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) said: “Given that this is an important green site, it would be best if it became public open space. As it is active flood plain and therefore undevelopable, I would hope that the owner would sell it to the community for a token payment of say £1, which I am willing to pay.”

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