New cycling track approved

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Plans for a new walking and cycling track in Birstall have been approved.

An application was submitted to Kirklees Council to create a dedicated route for recreation along a the former railway line.

The track will provide a link from the existing Wilton Park Greenway to a cycle path constructed around a new housing development.

It will also transform the disused railway corridor between Brookroyd Lane and The Crossings.

When the application was lodged, Coun Robert Light (Con, Birstall and Birkenshaw) spoke in support of the plans.

He said: “You just have to look at the Spen Valley Greenway and how much of a success that has been.

“I think any areas which provide somewhere where people can walk or cycle safely should be welcomed.”

The site earmarked for the improvement is currently overgrown with weeds and grass, and is often blighted with anti-social behaviour.

Council documents showed the area had problems with fire damage, litter and locals using motorbikes on the site.

The application said: “The route alignment uses the existing disused railway corridor in Batley between Brookroyd Lane and The Crossings.

“It will form a link between the existing Wilton Park Greenway, joining the new cycle path created by the new development under the existing Arthur Grove bridge.”

The council will improve the path quality and appearance of site with a 2.5m wide tarmac surface.