Lib Dems launch campaign for a Country Park

Idle and Thackley Liberal Democrats have launched a campaign to persuade Bradford Council and Yorkshire Water to create a brand new Country Park on surplus land in and around Esholt and Idle and Thackley ward.

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Country Park

As a result of new technology the operational footprint of the water treatment works between Apperley Bridge and Esholt has reduced significantly in recent years, which has left large areas of land redundant and unused. 

Local Councillor Jeanette Sunderland said "The land owned by the Council and Yorkshire Water is huge; we believe that a country park can offer a long term sustainable future for the land. The local development framework is going to allow some housing and business development, but the remaining land on both sides of the river must remain in the greenbelt and be properly planned for the future. The worst of all worlds for local residents is that piecemeal development takes place site by site. At best, all the public gets is a few improved footpaths and bridleways. We believe this is a fantastic opportunity that must not be missed. We need the support of the public to make this happen."

The country park master-plan would be the largest planning exercise ever undertaken in our area. Alongside the creation of a sustainable business site, there are huge opportunities to create opportunities for learning and recreation. We would also like to see how improvements can be made to protect homes from flooding, how flood plains can be used to improve bio-diversity and how the park can link through to other open spaces such as Saltaire and Shipley Glen and across the Moors to Ilkley.

This is a real opportunity for Yorkshire Water, the Council and its partners to work together to create an amazing space that is protected for the future. I hope the public take this opportunity to help shape these and thank them for support for an amazing project.

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