Farmer told to rethink plans to divert Nelson footpath

Doughty Farm at Nelson

Doughty Farm at Nelson

First published in Pendle Lancashire Telegraph: Photograph of the Author by , Reporter

A DAIRY farm has been told to rethink proposals to divert a popular public footpath through its land.

There have been problems with footpaths being blocked by buildings and fences around Doughty Farm, Nelson, since 2008.

Early last year, discussions took place between council officers and the farm regarding diverting the footpath, part of the Castercliffe circular walk, away from the buildings.

But between then and the issue being discussed by Nelson councillors last week, three different proposals were submitted for diversions of the path.

Pendle Council had wanted a diversion that went close to the original path.

But bosses at the farm wanted the walk to be diverted on a wide trajectory to avoid a new barn for dairy cows and a new farm house that have been built. Pendle councillor Nadeem Ahmed said: “What we don’t want is to allow a diversion that would require the public to go the long way around.”

Walking groups and ramblers had already raised objections to the planned diversion.

The Burnley and Pendle Ramblers were in favour of diverting the footpath but not to the route proposed by the farm, and they would also want the farm to pay for the reprinting of a leaflet advertising the Castercliffe circ-ular walk.

A member of the Pendle Countryside Access Forum said that the proposed new route was nearly twice as long, and walkers should not be inconvenienced.

Councillors rejected the proposals and the farm will now have to rethink plans for a footpath diversion away from buildings on the land.

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8:58pm Mon 10 Dec 12

drunken donut says...

Get off moi land!!!
Get off moi land!!! drunken donut
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10:46pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Mister Red says...

who actually owns the land? The sign on the gate says "private road". If the land belongs to the dairy then the public do not have a legal right of way across it anyway.The story needs explaining further.
who actually owns the land? The sign on the gate says "private road". If the land belongs to the dairy then the public do not have a legal right of way across it anyway.The story needs explaining further. Mister Red
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11:25pm Mon 10 Dec 12

barryinthailand says...

If walkers dont want to walk so far why dont they just stay in, I presume nobody uses the path to nip for a loaf or anything like that? If the original path had been on the route the farmer suggests and he had wanted to change it to as it is now, I bet he would have had the same complaints. No I'm not a farmer and not a walker but use some common sense and let him run his farm in peace, he has offered an alternative take it.
If walkers dont want to walk so far why dont they just stay in, I presume nobody uses the path to nip for a loaf or anything like that? If the original path had been on the route the farmer suggests and he had wanted to change it to as it is now, I bet he would have had the same complaints. No I'm not a farmer and not a walker but use some common sense and let him run his farm in peace, he has offered an alternative take it. barryinthailand
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8:12am Tue 11 Dec 12

A Darener says...

What does it matter to walkers whether they have to detour slightly? I thought the idea of going for a walk was to get some fresh air, not to look at barns or dairies. Let the farmer get on with his business. People will be the first to complain if he closed his farm and stopped selling his produce. There are enough farms going out of business, the result of which will only put up food prices, without farmers having hassle from walking groups.
What does it matter to walkers whether they have to detour slightly? I thought the idea of going for a walk was to get some fresh air, not to look at barns or dairies. Let the farmer get on with his business. People will be the first to complain if he closed his farm and stopped selling his produce. There are enough farms going out of business, the result of which will only put up food prices, without farmers having hassle from walking groups. A Darener
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9:54am Tue 11 Dec 12

Izanears says...

Pendle councillor Nadeem Ahmed said: “What we don’t want is to allow a diversion that would require the public to go the long way around.”

This is the same council that has spent nearly £3000 on a scheme to get people to walk in our parks. You couldn't make it up could you?
Pendle councillor Nadeem Ahmed said: “What we don’t want is to allow a diversion that would require the public to go the long way around.” This is the same council that has spent nearly £3000 on a scheme to get people to walk in our parks. You couldn't make it up could you? Izanears
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