Campaigners welcome plan to save path

Members of the Reach out Residents sub group. From left, Geoff Thorpe, Sally Wyatt, Barrie Green, Vaughan Gallaghe and Carole Tarzza.
Members of the Reach out Residents sub group. From left, Geoff Thorpe, Sally Wyatt, Barrie Green, Vaughan Gallaghe and Carole Tarzza.

Campaigners who have fought plans to divert a popular footpath in Hucknall over the last two years have cautiously welcomed an apparent change of mind from developers.

But members of the Reach Out Residents group say they will not celebrate until they have seen the new application from Muse Developments, the company behind the major mixed-use development at Watnall Road.

The group have opposed plans to divert the path linking Farleys Lane, Hucknall, with Bulwell Hall Park, amid fears a new path would bypass Farleys Brook, and that works could pollute the habitat for various wildlife species, including water voles.

Geoff Thorpe, chair of the Reach Out Residents sub-committee, said: “This is a small victory for local residents who have been fighting big business over the past two years.

“We don’t have the full details yet. But we are determined to continue to be vigilant and look after the residents of Hucknall - which this development has a major impact on.

“They are still not doing anything about infrastructure - in terms of doctors, roads and schools.”