Morley footpath closure angers its users

The footpath closure notice in Bruntcliffe Lane.
The footpath closure notice in Bruntcliffe Lane.

The closure of a well-used footpath in Morley has angered its users.

Footpath 90, opposite St Andrew’s Church in Bruntcliffe Road, was closed earlier this month due to work on a development by house builder Barratt Homes.

One man, who used the path, Barrie Leak, said: “The alternative path from the bottom of Scott Lane is an unidentifiable route which is actually blocked at it’s start at the end of Scott Lane, thus making the whole thing unworkable..”

Permission to shut the path for six months was granted by Leeds City Council.

Mr Leak said: “It appears that the council has granted the permission without checking that the alternative route is usable.

“It has been badly thought out.”

A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “A footpath on Bruntcliffe Road has been closed while work is undertaken on a nearby new housing development. While this footpath is closed, an alternative route has been designated for residents to use, which is the responsibility of the developer.

“While work is carried out on the site, it is up to the developer to also provide adequate signage which directs people to the temporary diversion route.

“We have subsequently been made aware by residents that parts of the alternative footpath are being blocked by materials. This has been raised with the developer by Leeds City Council along with a request that the materials are moved as soon as possible.”