Campaigners lose fight over cycle plan

A CYCLE path along a former railway line through Balby is to be allowed to go ahead despite protests from furious residents along the route.

Doncaster Council planning committee has given the scheme planning permission after angry residents warned of their concerns over the route.

Resident Bernadette Madin, of Arden Gate, told councillors: "The cycle way has a grandstand view of our homes."

She said the site, a former freight line serving Edlington, had been a haven for wildlife in the past but had been bulldozed by Doncaster Council. She said the cycle route would stop it from becoming re-establised by nature.

Mr Madin said police had already had to chase people away from behind houses on Arden Gate and said she feared the cycle path would make that likely to happen more often.

She also called on the council to look at alternative routes for the path, such as the removal of a bridge over Springwell Lane to allow access to a number of existing cycleways and bridle paths.

The plans also met opposition from Balby ward Coun Mark Thompson.

He warned the route of the path would cross a busy roads at Broomhouse Lane.

Coun Thompson added: "There are 1,600 new houses planned at the bottom of the Woodfield estate. They may be occupied by people who are not from the Doncaster area. I dread to think of the impact it may have on families whose children went to use this cycleway in twilight conditions."

He also raised concerns the route may be used by nuisance motorcycles who would see barriers put in place to keep them out as "a challenge".

Councillors backed the scheme, but said there should be screening put in place to prevent cyclists overlooking houses.

The route will form the third phase of a scheme to provided accessible cycle links between Edlington, Balby and Doncaster town centre.

It will involve laying down a hard surface on the embankment which carried the railway.

Officers said in a report the affect the cycleway would have on residents was so detrimental it should not be given planning permission.

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