Anger as gate is locked on Keighley footpath that group fought to have reopened

Anger as gate is locked on footpath that group fought to have reopened

Bandag Chairman Joyce Newell, Cllr Brian Morris and protestors

Bandag Chairman Joyce Newell, Cllr Brian Morris and protestors

Bandag Chairman Joyce Newell, Cllr Brian Morris and protestors

Bandag Chairman Joyce Newell, Cllr Brian Morris and protestors

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A HISTORIC footpath forcibly reopened by Bradford Council was blocked again within two days.

Campaigners were shocked to discover a gate at the entrance to the Keighley path had been re-locked.

Council officers had this month removed locks, chains and signs that had previously stopped public access to the long-established Becks Road path.

The council has now threatened further legal action to ensure the latest lock was removed and people could again use the footpath linking the town centre with Fell Lane.

Coun Val Slater, the council’s chief of planning and highways, called on the person who blocked the path to “do the decent thing” and reopen it.

The footpath runs between Raglan Street, in the Fell Lane area, and Becks Road, which runs below Springfield Mills towards the bottom of Oakworth Road.

The path, described as an old Keighley route, had been blocked for several years, but in recent years had been the subject of demands for access.

Among those involved in campaigning were local driving instructor and keen historian Loraine Petyt, Keighley town councillor Peter Corkindale, and the Braithwaite And North Dean Action Group (BANDAG).

BANDAG member Barbara Archer had been delighted when the footpath reopened.

But when jubilant BANDAG members gathered for a photocall to celebrate the reopening of the path on Friday, they discovered the gate had been locked again.

Mrs Archer expressed “great disappointment” at the latest turn of events.

She said: “We were delighted that Bradford Council Rights of Way Department had taken action to reopen the footpath.

“Peter Corkindale was relentless in trying to get this path reopened and his persistence finally won through.”

Coun Corkindale, who took up the issue when he was Keighley Town Council’s planning chairman, said the path was registered and should be reopened.

He said that one reason put forward for the closure had been its proximity to a derelict chimney, but Bradford Council engineers had subsequently declared the building safe.

Coun Slater said it was very frustrating that this footpath had been blocked again, just two days after council officers re-opened it.

She said: “This is a designated right of way and it will be very disappointing if further legal action is required. I call on whoever has blocked this footpath to do the decent thing and reopen it."

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10:51am Thu 31 Jul 14

Albion. says...

"Council officers had this month removed locks, chains and signs that had previously stopped public access to the long-established Becks Road path."

If they acted legally then surely the owner should be prosecuted (assuming it was the owner who re-locked the gates)?
"Council officers had this month removed locks, chains and signs that had previously stopped public access to the long-established Becks Road path." If they acted legally then surely the owner should be prosecuted (assuming it was the owner who re-locked the gates)? Albion.
  • Score: 19

11:37am Thu 31 Jul 14

Bone_idle18 says...

Who is the owner of the land the path crosses?
Who is the owner of the land the path crosses? Bone_idle18
  • Score: 7

1:10pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Apollo says...

If it is illegal a set of bolt croppers would not seem to be out of the question in resolving the matter.

Whoever put the lock in place should be prosecuted as it is not legal to block a footpath.
If it is illegal a set of bolt croppers would not seem to be out of the question in resolving the matter. Whoever put the lock in place should be prosecuted as it is not legal to block a footpath. Apollo
  • Score: 12

1:27pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Robin of Loxley says...

The people in the pic look a bit lost.
The people in the pic look a bit lost. Robin of Loxley
  • Score: 7

4:38pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Here today says...

I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!!
I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!! Here today
  • Score: 5

4:43pm Thu 31 Jul 14

Albion. says...

Here today wrote:
I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!!
That would be theft.
[quote][p][bold]Here today[/bold] wrote: I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!![/p][/quote]That would be theft. Albion.
  • Score: 0

12:38pm Fri 1 Aug 14

Tonybaloni says...

Albion. wrote:
Here today wrote:
I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!!
That would be theft.
That wouldn't stop him :)
[quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Here today[/bold] wrote: I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!![/p][/quote]That would be theft.[/p][/quote]That wouldn't stop him :) Tonybaloni
  • Score: 1

12:07pm Sun 3 Aug 14

yezboss says...

Tonybaloni wrote:
Albion. wrote:
Here today wrote:
I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!!
That would be theft.
That wouldn't stop him :)
No, criminal damage.
[quote][p][bold]Tonybaloni[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Albion.[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Here today[/bold] wrote: I would have thought 5 minutes with a stihl saw would be enough to reduce the lock, gates and posts into scrap, chop the lot up and get a scrapper to collect all the bits, easy!![/p][/quote]That would be theft.[/p][/quote]That wouldn't stop him :)[/p][/quote]No, criminal damage. yezboss
  • Score: 0

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