A new community group is to be set up to tackle concerns over access to fields next to a popular walking route in the Moorlands. Leek councillors Charlotte Atkins and Bill Cawley hosted a public meeting on Friday (May 13) at the Salvation Army Centre in Salisbury Street in Leek.
A new community group is to be set up to tackle concerns over access to fields next to a popular walking route in the Moorlands.
Leek councillors Charlotte Atkins and Bill Cawley hosted a public meeting on Friday (May 13) at the Salvation Army Centre in Salisbury Street in Leek.
The meeting was held to “discuss the footpath closure off the Rudyard Track.”
Cllr Atkins said “Bill and I have had complaints about the fields next to the Rudyard Track being closed off.
“So we arranged this meeting to hear people’s concerns and to collect further information.”
Following the meeting, which saw around 100 people in attendance, cllr Atkins told the Leek & Moorlands Echo: “We were overwhelmed by the response as around 100 people attended.
“Many speakers recounted that they had walked the area around the Rudyard Track: some for 25 years and one for 60 years. Evidence was also presented of Westwood school/ college and the running club accessing ‘Killer Hill.’
“Deep concern was expressed about the destruction of hedgerows during the nesting season and the ripping out of the handrail leading down to the river leaving a dangerous spike.”
Cllr Atkins added: “It was agreed to set up a group, Westwood Action Group to seek a meeting with the landowner and to explore actions that could be taken to restore public access.
“A formal question has been submitted to the county council regarding the destruction of hedgerows and action that may be taken to preserve them.”
Photo by Bill Cawley
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