Do you cycle in Lady Wood?
We are holding a site meeting at Lady Wood in Mirfield on 13 April at 10:30am. The meeting is open to anyone who uses the wood and will provide an opportunity to discuss different users wishes and possibilities for accommodating them.
The wood has been used by a variety of different groups over the years without any real issues, but the latest changes to a makeshift mountain bike track, have led to complaints by local residents and other users of the woods.
In ancient woodlands like this one there are often protected plants and other creatures that visitors may not even notice, but that could be accidentally harmed by making changes.
As with all our open spaces our intention is to provide an environment that meets the need of a variety of users, whilst ensuring that the natural habitats are protected.
Cllr Musarrat Khan, Cabinet Member for Highways and Neighbourhoods said:
“This part of Lady wood is owned by the council and at no point has anyone requested permission to develop a mountain bike track. As we had no information on who was responsible for the changes to the track, and due to concerns over its impact on the natural environment the decision was made to remove the ramps and jumps and try to return the wood to its natural state.
“We are aware that since that took place, individuals have come forward in the local media and we would encourage them to join us at the meeting.”