HDCA member Malcolm Margolis BEM and retired Regional Director of Sustrans David Hall have been working for two years on a Sustrans project to extend the Nidderdale Greenway from Ripley to Pateley Bridge and on to Scarhouse Reservoir at the top of the Dale.
This would create a Nidderdale Greenway 27 miles long, which would be a great asset to Harrogate District.
Malcolm and David have met fifty landowners and stakeholders along the proposed route, which follows the disused railway line or existing rights of way wherever possible. Their findings were incorporated into a 39-page report produced by Sustrans last year, showing draft proposals for a route.
The report was sent to Nidderdale Parish Councils in December, and has since been shared with stakeholders, though it is not yet public.
Progress has been affected by the pandemic, but the hope is that with support from local councils, as well as Nidderdale residents and organisations, a steering group will soon be formed to take the project forward.
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