The Councils of Otley, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Menston and Pool-in-Wharfedale have been working on a scheme, to produce a walking and cycling route along the old railway line, for three years. They have now made a formal commitment to:
Sustrans have now completed a technical feasibility study for the phase one, Burley to Otley section which was funded by contributions from all four parishes. The completion of the phase one feasibility study means the steering group can now prepare to fundraise for the construction work and submit proposals to the West Yorkshire Combined Authority.
Phase 1 costs are around £2.5 million for which funding will be sought.
Burley Parish Council will be seeking a s106 payment from planning building development work within Burley to start some early work on a small section of the Greenway.
Ilkley Parish Council and Addingham Parish Council have recently resolved to look into the feasibilty of extending the route of the Wharfedale Greenway from Burley through to Addingham. Sustans are engaged in creating a feasibility study to assess routes and costs from Burley to Addingham.