Talks set to continue over right of way dispute . . .

Rastrick residents about fence blocking a path connecting Crow Trees Lane and Jumble Dyke, with councillor Christine Beal, far left.
Rastrick residents about fence blocking a path connecting Crow Trees Lane and Jumble Dyke, with councillor Christine Beal, far left.

Talks are continuing over a stepped pathway that was blocked off, preventing people from using it.

Concerns were raised four weeks ago when a lane in Rastrick linking Crowtrees Lane and Jumble Dyke was partially blocked by the land owner.

Residents said this was putting people and school children in danger as they had to walk onto the narrow pathway and into the road.

At Rastrick Ward Forum, Councillors Christine Beal and Chris Pillai, said they were doing what they to resolve the issues with officers from Calderdale Council.

“Gary Waldron, school crossing patrol manager, viewed the area for a period over two days and found 153 people were directly affected by it,” said Coun Beal. “Only four chose to cross over the road at the Top 0’ Town and crossed over again.

“Everyone walked into the road which is a great concern. People have a level of responsibility but there is a lack of pavement. We’re pressing hard for a right of way agreement but even if we are brought to the top of the pile it is still going to be a long process.”

She added that over 50 witness statements have been gathered so far and said people who wanted to add theirs for the right of way application to come forward.

Mark Barton, who owns the land, said many only use the route for recreation and when he bought the land it was wild and overgrown and commissioned it to be cleared.