Plan to improve local footpaths

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Well used footpaths across the area could be improved if a plan to bring Morley Town Council and Drighlington and Gildersome parish councils together is agreed.

The proposal, which would look at additional cutting back of overgrowth on popular footpaths, is presently under consideration as all three councils meet to discuss the plan.

Coun Robert Finnigan said “Our plan is to make popular footpaths easier to use. This will mean helping people to get more active and enjoy the wonderful countryside we have. It is clear that people are put off as footpaths are often overgrown with nettles and other greenery. We are aiming to have these footpaths cut back three times a year to keep them passable therefore encouraging local residents to adopt healthier lifestyles by walking more.”

The three councils meet early next month to confirm the final plan and to identify finance to support the initiative.