As reported in the Yorkshire Evening Post today, a new greenway is being built to link Castleford to Wakefield. The length is similar to that of our proposed Greenside Greenway and even features a new bridge, again, similar to what we would need.
Total cost? Just under £3 million. Just goes to show there is investment available, we just need to make the case. First though, we must stop the infill!
Hi everyone, some good news. Due to the massive response (290 objections thus far), and issues with the online submission portal, the City Council have extended the deadline for submissions to 13th November 2018. This date is valid for submissions via the portal, email or letter.
The owners of the railway cutting have applied for planning permission for a full infill of the cutting. We are asking all supporters of our group to object to the planning application. You can do this in a number of ways
The easiest way is to visit Leeds Planning Website,click the ‘comment’ tab, and then leave your response (you will have to create an account to do this). The deadline for objections via this method is 13th November 2018.
Alternatively you can write to Planning Services, Merrion House, 110 Merrion Centre, Leeds, LS2 8BB. Be sure to include the reference: 18/05570/FU.
If you wish to email, please use firstname.lastname@example.org Please remember to put the planning reference (18/05570/FU) in the subject line.
We have included some points below that you may wish to use to inform your objection.
Road Safety–EP homes have stated they expect 3,373 HGV wagons through the town for 52 weeks. Adding return journeys, this means, a total of 6746 trips, nearly one wagon every five minutes, six days a week. No route is specified so wagons could use any street, passing local schools, nurseries, care homes, sheltered housing, etc from all directions. It should also be noted that the type of trucks that will likely be used will be tipper trucks that have a disproportionately poor road safety record.
Disruption– Noise, dirt, dust, muddy roads, smells, will affect households in the vicinity and along roads through the town for at least a year.
Destruction– Historical heritage of tunnel, cutting and Carlisle Road bridge, not to mention access through a conservation area, and lack of access to the tunnel for maintenance, inspections and machinery.
Prevention– of proposed Greenside Greenway and its pending feasibility study. A full infill will stop the reopening of the redundant railway route forever, and deny us and future generations the opportunity of a safe green recreational and commuting route including future links to Leeds and Spen Valley Greenway.
Ecology-Infill will affect the habitat of the three species of bats who roost and use the area for foraging, Filling Carlisle road bridge to the roof, will also destroy these areas. A small gap in front of the tunnel will affect bat access, as well as repairs.
Poor record– The applicant have not adhered to all the planning conditions that were placed on the part infill, Leeds city Council have asked them to stop infilling on at least one occasion.
Yesterday we showed representatives from the Big Lottery Fund the proposed route of phase one of the greenway. We have submitted an application to fund the feasibility study and are expecting to hear back in September. We are planning further fundraising submissions, but are just limited because of volunteer time. If this is something you would be willing to help with please do email us using email@example.com
We had a great day at Pudsey Carnival today, showing our idea for the greenway to local people. The response we had was overwhelmingly positive.
Thanks the organisers and to the people that donated, it will really help the campaign to get off the ground. Thanks also to our Membership Secretary, Andy W, who constructed a fantastic display in the gazebo kindly lent to us by Leeds Cycling Campaign.
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We hope to be back at the carnival next year, showing the progress that we have made. Please book the same weather!
In order to preserve the Greenside Tunnel for future generations, we want to turn it into something useful, rather than just leave it to become derelict. The obvious answer is to turn it into part of a greenway.
What is a greenway?
A greenway is a dedicated track for non-motorised users. These include pedestrians, cyclists, and horse riders. Some examples already in existence are the Spen Valley Greenway and the Two Tunnels Greenway
What is the plan?
We have already been in discussions with Sustrans who have a wealth of experience in converting old railway lines to Greenways. The first step will be to fund a feasibility study that will identify who owns the land, and the potential costs for the project. The cost for the feasibility study is £13,500.