Christa Ackroyd backs threatened riding school in Bradford

Christa Ackroyd

Christa Ackroyd

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

Protesters are stepping up their campaign against proposals which could threaten the future of a riding school for the disabled.

The campaign has now won the backing of TV presenter Christa Ackroyd.

An application for outline permission to build up to 600 homes at the privately-owned Fagley Quarry is likely to be considered by planners over the summer.

But the proposals have generated many objections, especially over the threat to the Throstle Nest riding school, which currently operates on the site.

Miss Ackroyd, who grew up nearby and recently visited the school, said: “Throstle Nest has been part of the community for as long as any of us can remember. The facilities are an incredible asset to the community at no cost to the rate-payers.

“Riding has always been my joy and passion.

“That it would be removed from more than 200 young people is unacceptable. That is should be removed from disabled youngsters and adults who achieve such an important sense of achievement and well being is unthinkable.”

Tomorrow there will be a ‘boundary walk’ around the perimeter of the site involved, to try to highlight concerns about the potential impact of the proposals.

The protest will start at 3pm from the St Luke’s School car park in Fagley Lane.

Campaigners will carry a banner on a route along Harrogate Road, Moorside Road and Fagley Road, before returning to the car park. Some will be on horseback.

Sarah Hamilton, fundraiser and volunteer co-ordinator for the riding school, said: “These facilities are brand new and must be saved for the sake of both disabled and able-bodied riders.

“The nearest Riding for the Disabled Association schools are simply too far away for many of the riders who come here.

“If you could see the sense of pride and achievement on their faces when they ride their favourite pony you would understand why we need to save Throstle Nest.”

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10:02am Sat 26 Apr 14

Joseph 1968 says...

If only she'd come back to Look North. Not the same without her.
If only she'd come back to Look North. Not the same without her. Joseph 1968
  • Score: -22

11:30am Sat 26 Apr 14

Albion. says...

Joseph 1968 wrote:
If only she'd come back to Look North. Not the same without her.
No, it's much better.
[quote][p][bold]Joseph 1968[/bold] wrote: If only she'd come back to Look North. Not the same without her.[/p][/quote]No, it's much better. Albion.
  • Score: 19

12:16pm Sat 26 Apr 14

knox615 says...

Who is Christa Ackroyd? Which TV programme does she present?
Who is Christa Ackroyd? Which TV programme does she present? knox615
  • Score: 5

4:27pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Joseph 1968 says...

But it was like having a cross between Elsie Tanner and Annie Walker reading the news very day. What a treat!
But it was like having a cross between Elsie Tanner and Annie Walker reading the news very day. What a treat! Joseph 1968
  • Score: 8

7:23pm Sat 26 Apr 14

sammi10 says...

Good luck to the riding school, once its gone it will never be the same and it will never be able to come back. I know there is a need for homes so maybe there could be a compromise. maybe less supermarkets on every spare bit of land . good luck and thank you Christa for getting involved, good local lass doing good and not forgetting her Bradford roots.
Good luck to the riding school, once its gone it will never be the same and it will never be able to come back. I know there is a need for homes so maybe there could be a compromise. maybe less supermarkets on every spare bit of land . good luck and thank you Christa for getting involved, good local lass doing good and not forgetting her Bradford roots. sammi10
  • Score: 7

8:16pm Sat 26 Apr 14

Ratters Rat says...

So the council want to allow planning permission for 600 houses.
The next headline you will read will be a new school is needed to accommodate the young people.
Then you will face things like no places in doctors surgery dentist.and other thongs needed in a community.
With over 13,000 properties identified in Bradford and only possible 3,000 brought back into family homes should we not be concentrating on bringing these empty properties back into use before building more houses.
The cut backs have effected everybody in the city and what do the council do take more away from young people.
Been disabled is bad enough with out taking away more pleasure from these people. We need to be providing more rather than taking away.
I wonder what Princess Anne would say who is patron of Riding for the disabled and has visited the riding school.
So the council want to allow planning permission for 600 houses. The next headline you will read will be a new school is needed to accommodate the young people. Then you will face things like no places in doctors surgery dentist.and other thongs needed in a community. With over 13,000 properties identified in Bradford and only possible 3,000 brought back into family homes should we not be concentrating on bringing these empty properties back into use before building more houses. The cut backs have effected everybody in the city and what do the council do take more away from young people. Been disabled is bad enough with out taking away more pleasure from these people. We need to be providing more rather than taking away. I wonder what Princess Anne would say who is patron of Riding for the disabled and has visited the riding school. Ratters Rat
  • Score: 7

1:33pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Mr Capp says...

More houses are needed to cope with the rising number of immigrants from the ever increasing eurozone. If you want to protect incredible assets like this why are you voting for the pro euro lib lab cons?
Vote UKIP
More houses are needed to cope with the rising number of immigrants from the ever increasing eurozone. If you want to protect incredible assets like this why are you voting for the pro euro lib lab cons? Vote UKIP Mr Capp
  • Score: 7

5:22pm Sun 27 Apr 14

Apollo says...

Joseph 1968 wrote:
But it was like having a cross between Elsie Tanner and Annie Walker reading the news very day. What a treat!
With a bright orange face.
[quote][p][bold]Joseph 1968[/bold] wrote: But it was like having a cross between Elsie Tanner and Annie Walker reading the news very day. What a treat![/p][/quote]With a bright orange face. Apollo
  • Score: 3

8:22pm Sun 27 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

Wonder what sort of pay out she got from us BBC.
Wonder what sort of pay out she got from us BBC. alive and awake
  • Score: 3

11:42am Mon 28 Apr 14

sammi10 says...

WHAT HAS THESE COMMENTS ON CHRISTAS PAY GOT TO DO WITH CLOSURE OF A MUCH LOVED RIDING SCHOOL, ANYWAY I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS MUCH BETTER THAN HARRY , SHE DESERVED IT.
WHAT HAS THESE COMMENTS ON CHRISTAS PAY GOT TO DO WITH CLOSURE OF A MUCH LOVED RIDING SCHOOL, ANYWAY I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS MUCH BETTER THAN HARRY , SHE DESERVED IT. sammi10
  • Score: 2

1:21pm Mon 28 Apr 14

alive and awake says...

sammi10 wrote:
WHAT HAS THESE COMMENTS ON CHRISTAS PAY GOT TO DO WITH CLOSURE OF A MUCH LOVED RIDING SCHOOL, ANYWAY I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS MUCH BETTER THAN HARRY , SHE DESERVED IT.
You would, you seem to be illiterate.
[quote][p][bold]sammi10[/bold] wrote: WHAT HAS THESE COMMENTS ON CHRISTAS PAY GOT TO DO WITH CLOSURE OF A MUCH LOVED RIDING SCHOOL, ANYWAY I ALWAYS THOUGHT SHE WAS MUCH BETTER THAN HARRY , SHE DESERVED IT.[/p][/quote]You would, you seem to be illiterate. alive and awake
  • Score: -2

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