Flower Meadow in Spring
The newsletter editor is always pleased to receive contributions to be considered for inclusion. The views expressed in the newsletter do not necessarily reflect official LCT policy or opinion.
It is expected that anyone who wishes to make use of any material from the newsletter will seek the approval of the editor Michael Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, Littleborough. Tel. 70154.
Chairwoman: Betty Pickis, Lightowlers, Blackstone Edge. Tel. 78849
Vice Chairman: Roy Prince, 14 Milbury Drive, Tel. 78883.
Secretary: Judith Schofield, 3 Green Clough, Todmorden Road, Littleborough. Tel. 76015
Treasurer: Geoff Sutcliffe, 14 Buckley Terrace, Wardle, Tel. 40369.
Membership Secretary: Lincoln Jackson, 1 Moorfield View, Shore. Tel. 70542
Minutes Secretary: Pauline Hopkinson, 12 Glencoe Place, Rochdale. 522447
Richard Evans, 8 Charles St.
Mike Farrell, 41 Hollingworth Road, 70154.
Rae Street, Calder Cottage, 76043.
Alf Tortoiseshell, Edgemoor, Blackstone Edge Old Road. 79507
Jill Roberts, 12 Whitfield Brow, Todmorden Road.74175
David Hall, 6 Nelson Street
Daniel Docker, 22 Rose Avenue
Please pass on any suggestions that you have about the Trust and its work to any of the above.
There was one change at this year's A.G.M. at the Council Offices, as Harry Lord retired from the Committee. Subsequent to the A.G.M. the Committee co-opted to itself Daniel Docker, a new member.
I'm sure all members would echo our welcome to him and hope the association is a long and fruitful one. The attendance at the A.G.M. was what we have come to expect in recent years but there were at least a few new faces which pleased us.
During the past few months the Civic Trust has been concerned about what is happening in the centre of Littleborough. The erection of the 30 metre high light standard; the bus turning circle which hasn’t as yet given bus passengers the opportunity to use it; the removal of the stone bus shelter (with a seat and cover in bad weather) and the removal of the pedestrian crossing and consequent hazard to all who cross the main road have all given us much to be worried about. These things have been discussed at length by the Trust with relevant Council departments and some of us are still very unhappy with the outcome of these discussions and ensuing correspondence.
We felt a good way for local people to express their views and fears was to hold a Public Meeting where all these problems could be publicly aired. Earlier in the year the Trust put forward the suggestion that such a meeting be held but unfortunately the Local Authority felt that no useful service would be gained by such a meeting.
What do you think? The Trust would like to know.
You may have read In the last newsletter that we were monitoring the situation here very closely. At issue was whether a passageway between two of the houses on Starring Way giving access to a makeshift bridge over Featherstall Brook should be closed as desired by two of the resi¬dents. From our copies of the definitive map, the passage seemed to form part of an "extra leg" to Footpath 91 and in any case was a public amenity which ought not to be closed on the wishes of a few individuals.
Normally, we get notice of footpath closures from the solicitor's office at Rochdale Town Hall. However, as Rochdale M.B.C. did not recognise the passage as a right of way, they used a different procedure. I won't bore you with the technical details but it meant that Roy Prince had to see a legal assistant at Rochdale to view the plans and make our objections known. He was given the impression that the Council was neutral in the matter and was merely meeting a legal requirement to give advice to Mr. Wetton, the resident who wanted to close the passage.
However, when the case came to the magistrates' court, it was Rochdale M.B.C. who put the case for closure calling Mr. Wetton and the one other resident who appeared to support him as witnesses. Their case was that the passageway was made to provide access to a manhole, was not a public footpath and, as there was no proper bridge across the brook, should not be used as one. Mr. Wetton when he gave evidence insisted that the possible incorporation of the passageway into his garden was merely a secondary consider¬ation to stopping acts of vandalism to his property facilitated by the passageway, none of which was sufficiently serious to report to the police.
The main objectors to the proposal were Mr. Donald Lea of the Peak and Northern Footpaths Society and Mr. Clifford Jackson a civil engineer acting as the residents' spokesman.
Mr. Lea emphasised several procedural errors in the way Rochdale had handled the case. He also put the point that the passageway was shown as a right of way on the OS map and also on the revised definitive map drawn up by G. M. C. He also objected as a Rochdale Poll Tax payer to the Council spending money on trying to close the passageway. Mr. Jackson made the point that the passage¬way had been adopted as a highway when the estate was built, before introducing a number of local residents as witnesses to how well the passage was used.
I was able to say a few words on behalf of the Trust and a number of residents made independent objections.
The outcome was what we wanted; the magistrates rejected the application for closure and said the passage should remain open.
It's tempting to sit back and enjoy Rochdale's discomfiture but it's more constructive to try and point the way forward. In Littleborough alone, there are a number of "time-bomb” footpaths where uncertainty as to route or status means that it only needs an individual like Mr. Wetton to precipitate a difficult wrangle for the local authority to sort out. If only Rochdale M.B.C. could be persuaded to sort out these anomalies (all of which were pointed out to them in our report on the G.M.C. revised map two years ago) before a private individual takes matters into his own hands, a lot of time and money could be saved.
We await to see what happens with Footpath 121 at Shore with interest.
The Footpaths Group has been enjoying the glorious weather we have had recently with only one walk marred by rain in the last few months. But it has not made us idle. The Starring Way issue is covered elsewhere in the news¬letter but we have also protested about the blockage of Footpath 121 off Shore Road and been promised action by the Council's Footpaths Officer.
The most pleasing aspect of the autumn 1990 programme is that the walk on 4th November will be led by Helen Bray. The last walk Helen led for us was a Gargrave Circular in August 1986. In the intervening period, Helen has impressed us all with her determination to fight off illness and we are delighted to have her back on the team.
The summer/autumn programme for 1990 was drawn up at a meeting in June. We would be delighted to have more members contributing walks and ideas. The winter/spring Programme will be drawn up at a meeting at Harehill Park Council Offices on Tuesday 23rd October, 1990 at 8.00pm. Please come along, refreshments are available.
Sunday, August 12th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Littleborough Square for 1.40pm bus to Summit.
Chelburn and Warland Circular.
Sunday, August 26th. Leader - JOHN HINDLE. Meet Littleborough Square 1.30pm. or 1.45pm Ogden Car Park.
Higher Ogden - Wicken Hall - Bentgate.
Sunday, September 9th. Leader - JOE TAYLOR. Meet Littleborough Square 10.00am.
Oakworth Moor Circular. (It is intended to take lunch at an inn on this walk).
Sunday, September 23rd. Leader - GEOFF SUTCLIFFE. Meet Square for 11.00am. bus to Ripponden.
Calderdale way - Pennine way - White House (for 4.25 pm bus back to Littleborough).
Sunday, October 7th. Leader - LINCOLN JACKSON. Meet Square 1.45pm.
Whittaker - Dry Mere.
Sunday, October 21st. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square for 2.00pm bus to The White House.
Pennine Way - Windy Hill.
Sunday, November 4th. Leader - HELEN BRAY. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Midge Hole - Pecket Well - Hardcastle Crags.
Sunday, November 18th. Leader - ALF WARD. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Sunday, December 2nd. Leader - JOE OR BETTY TAYLOR. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Lane Head circular.
Sunday, December 16th. Leader - ROY PRINCE. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Clegg Hall circular.
Sunday, December 30th. Leader - MICHAEL FARRELL. Meet Square 1.30pm.
Canal Towpath - Sladen Fold - Stormer Hill.
Subscriptions for 1990 have been due from 1st January.
The rates are unchanged at:
£1.50 Ordinary Membership.
£2.50 Family Membership.
Subscriptions can be given in/sent to Lincoln Jackson at The Bargain Corner, Littleborough, or to any Committee member. The response so far has been encouraging.
Programme of Events 1990.
All monthly meetings will be held in the Coach House.
September 13th. Mr. R. Stables. Packhorse Roads.
October 12th. Mr. K. Parry. Local Topic.
November 15th. Mr. G. Moss. Postal History.
December 15th. Mr. G. Kelsall. Collecting Old Books.
For the past year, Judith Schofield and I have been attending meetings of the South Pennines Association on behalf of the Trust. Our connection with this organisation actually goes back a lot further. We were involved in its inception in 1974 as the Pennine Park Association with Harry Giffin as representative. The connection was broken when Harry left the area but has recently been renewed.
The original aim of the Association was to push for the designation of the South Pennines as a regional park. This has been modified since to obtaining "recognition of the gritstone South Pennines as an area with a special identity, regardless of Local Authority boundaries".
The Birchcliffe Centre
The major development arising from the association's activities has been the forming by the relevant local authorities of the apolitical Standing Conference Of South Pennine Authorities (S.C.O.S.P.A.) to discuss and implement regional policies. (Most of the authorities of course fell within the abolished metropolitan county councils).
The South Pennines Association sends two delegates to S.C.O.S.P.A. and therefore has a vital role as the co-ordinating organisation for putting the views of the voluntary sector to the Conference. To this end a number of organisations (including us) throughout the area subscribe to the S.P.A. as otherwise their views would not get a hearing.
I attended the A.G.M. at the Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, 23rd June, this year. In his Chairman's Report David Fletcher (of Pennine Heritage and the Countryside Commission) commended the Association on the consistency and quality of its work. He went on to outline the major issues the group would be tackling over the next few years - the "Set Aside" agricultural policy, the South Pennine Forest and of course the pylon inquiry.
If any person reading this is a member of another organisation which they feel could benefit from affiliation to the South Pennines Association feel free to write for further information to the Secretary:
Mrs. J. Tennant,
112 Haven Lane,
When you ramblers visit Summit you are always sure to find,
An array of places to visit, and a tranquil peace of mind.
There are our locals who will give you a guided tour, and tell you the things you would like to know,
like "where is Reddisher and it's waterfall,
"Where is Calderbrook Moor where the wild birds call,
"Where does the Tunnel begin and end
"and the Canal with its boats and ducks to tend,
"Where are Leaches Rocks and The Summit trail".
You must visit the Trout Farm without fail.
"The Summit", "The Huntsman" and "The Dog",
Will serve you refreshment second to none.
Enjoy a day out at Summit, it won't cost you a penny,
beauty unspoiled, traffic there is not any.
To home you will return refreshed,
content after a day around Summit you have spent.
K. Farrell for typing the master copy.
Judith Schofield for the photocopying.
All contributors and distributors.
We wish to thank the Countryside Commission and the Yorkshire Bank PLC for their generous financial assistance which has enabled Littleborough Civic Trust to obtain reprographic equipment for the production of this newsletter and other printed items.
Editor: Michael Farrell