youths and had applied for the Right of Way to be closed proposing that the alternative route should be the new path created by the Forestry Commission, through the new community woodland . This new path has already been made a core path under the Access Regulations and signposted accordingly in an attempt to divert people from the section of path in question. At the WDC planning meeting on 22nd October the request to close the Right of Way was refused. Clydebelt and several members made comment on the proposal.
Hopefully some of the attraction of the area for these disaffected youths will be removed if/when two developments at the former Cochno Waterworks takes place. The waterworks building has been left unsecured for a long time and has become a venue for anti-social behaviour. An application for a 75 bed nursing home has already been passed (DC14/140) and another (DC14/138) for 11 houses is pending decision. These are being built in green belt and the housing, at least would appear to be extending the urban area, by the ‘back door’. The design and appearance of these houses cannot be said to be particularly ‘rural’.
It could be thought that such ex public utility sites, should be reinstated or only used for a purpose amenable to green belt status.