Strong objections have arisen to the proposed diversion of a popular footpath between Hucknall and Bulwell.
This would be part of plans for a new access road from Hucknall Bypass to a business park earmarked for Hucknall’s Rolls-Royce site.
Sally Wyatt, chair of Reach Out residents’ group, said: “Our main concern is that the new path would bypass a spring which has been a favourite of people for generations.”
The spring is part of Farleys Brook, a tributary of the River Leen which is a habitat for various wildlife species, including water voles.
Water in the spring is crystal clear but residents are worried that work on the new road could mean it becoming polluted. The diversion would mean part of the path running parallel with the new road.
The path, linking Farleys Lane, Hucknall, with Bulwell Hall Park, is regarded as an important local amenity. “I hope as many people as possible will put in an objection,” said Sally.
Geoff Thorpe, chairman of a Reach Out sub-group monitoring the Rolls-Royce plans, said a lot of work had gone into improving the path, including a new surface that had made it suitable for mobility scooters.
Sculptures have been placed on different parts of the path, although one of these is almost hidden by overgrown vegetation.
Ben Driver, of Notts Wildlife Trust, said: “We would be concerned to ensure that all possible measures are put in place to safeguard the brook.”
A Notts County Council spokesman said: “Our involvement would only be with regard to highway implications.”
Objections or representations relating to the diversion order may be made in writing and addressed to the Assistant Chief Executive Governance, Ashfield District Council, Urban Road, Kirkby-in-Ashfield, Nottingham, NG17 8DA. These are to be received no later than Monday 15th September.
Concerns can be discussed by phoning the council on 01623 457323 between 8.30am and 5pm Monday to Thursday and between 8.30am and 4.30pm on Fridays.
If any objections are made and not withdrawn, the decision will have to be made by the Secretary of State.