The wheels came off this sorry saga at committee on 13th December 2018. Whilst the Council affirmed its case for the way to be put to the planning inspector as a bridleway the event was something of a comedy car crash chuckle brothers style.
Despite spending £10,000 on an exhaustive report from Leeds City Councils rights of way expert, an undisclosed amount of money(Kirklees won’t tell us how much) on an expert consultant and £300 quid on a barrister (doesn’t sound right. Ed) members of the committee were clearly confused and uncertain as to what exactly is going on. Who could blame them?
The webcast is worth viewing and item 17 starts at around 16 minutes. In essence the council seem to have washed their hands of the matter and wish only to pass it to the Planning Inspectorate.
It is worth remembering that what is at stake here is a well used and much valued public right of way which until very recently was enjoyed by many without any issues. It has been closed now for some 4 years and the biggest threat to it ever being reopened is the incompetence and indifference of those charged with the legal responsibility to keep it open.