Residents' anger over Kirkby Lonsdale footpath plan

Sean Murphy looking out from his garden towards where the proposed footpath would be located

Sean Murphy looking out from his garden towards where the proposed footpath would be located

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RESIDENTS who believe their privacy could be compromised by a planned footpath say they ‘should have been consulted’ by the council.

Those living on Kirkby Lonsdale’s Master’s Grange development have hit out at the town council, saying they were given no warning before plans were submitted to South Lakeland District Council, for a tarmac path past the back of their homes.

“I moved in last year and haven’t heard anything about this until now,” said Sean Murphy, of Croft Close.

“I bought the house with an open aspect at the back and now we’re being told this footpath could be built 20 feet from our kitchen window.

“I don’t think there’s any need for this path and I’d like to have had some say in it.”

In an email to SLDC, Mr and Mrs Johnson, also of Croft Close, said: “The residents of Masters Grange have not been consulted on this proposal... This does feel as a community as though this is being done to us, rather than with us.

“As responsible neighbours to the schools we could have worked with them and other key stakeholders to reach a solution which would have benefited the community as a whole.”

And Michael and Sheila Curtis, of Defoe Drive, said: “We had no pre-consultation nor information as to the proposal despite living at the west end of the proposed path and being one of the properties most affected.”

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The plans are for a footpath, along an area of grass, from the end of Defoe Drive to Wellington Court. They are supported by the town’s civic society, which says the path will create ‘a safe walking and cycling route’ from the new housing development to Booth’s supermarket.

It is part of the Safer Routes to School initiative, providing better pedestrian access to Queen Elizabeth and St Mary’s Primary schools.

Chair of Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council Allan Muirhead said: “All procedure has been followed and we at the town council are trying to do the best for the town.”

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11:33pm Mon 12 May 14

PropMeUpWithTeabags says...

The path to St Marys and QES is too narrow and it is very busy at drop off and pick up. There are such a lot of children that catch the bus at Booth and who walk home that the path would benefit. Something needs to be done as dropping off and picking up children at both schools is dangerous in my opinion.
The path to St Marys and QES is too narrow and it is very busy at drop off and pick up. There are such a lot of children that catch the bus at Booth and who walk home that the path would benefit. Something needs to be done as dropping off and picking up children at both schools is dangerous in my opinion. PropMeUpWithTeabags
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6:54pm Wed 14 May 14

headroom says...

In response to Mr Muirhead:If all procedures had been followed why did the Kirkby Parish Council have to withdraw this application at their meeting on 7th May. due to "not following the correct procedures?? "
In response to Mr Muirhead:If all procedures had been followed why did the Kirkby Parish Council have to withdraw this application at their meeting on 7th May. due to "not following the correct procedures?? " headroom
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6:30pm Thu 15 May 14

Justthinking says...

God forbid someone trying to put a footpath next to your house. No planning was ever sought for the new path through the play park that is right next to several houses and is constantly used as a skateboard/ bike track. This is life I'm afraid. I agree with the first comment the safety and welfare of children getting to and from school in Kirkby Lonsdale must be paramount. The roads are busy and footpaths narrow walking up the main road. Surely a solution for a path can be found. I honestly thought when the planning was initially granted to the builder there was access through the estate to either booths of the doctors. May be wrong though.
God forbid someone trying to put a footpath next to your house. No planning was ever sought for the new path through the play park that is right next to several houses and is constantly used as a skateboard/ bike track. This is life I'm afraid. I agree with the first comment the safety and welfare of children getting to and from school in Kirkby Lonsdale must be paramount. The roads are busy and footpaths narrow walking up the main road. Surely a solution for a path can be found. I honestly thought when the planning was initially granted to the builder there was access through the estate to either booths of the doctors. May be wrong though. Justthinking
  • Score: 4

5:04pm Thu 22 May 14

1207 says...

There is already a steady flow of children taking a short cut across this land so it is only a matter of time before the owners of these executive homes demand that the council tidy up this bit of land and put in a proper footpath.
There is already a steady flow of children taking a short cut across this land so it is only a matter of time before the owners of these executive homes demand that the council tidy up this bit of land and put in a proper footpath. 1207
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