Improvements to Kelcliffe Lane

Not quite in Parkinson’s Park, but it plays a role in the setting.  So we are pleased that repairs and improvements have been done over the last few weeks along Kelcliffe Lane,  from the top of Oxford Avenue to Nursery Road.

In times gone by this used to be a cobbled lane – originally made into a cart track around 1708.  There are people who remember that you could drive a car along it all the way from Kelcliffe Avenue to Nursery Road in the 1950’s.   However, in recent years it has fallen increasingly into disrepair, with parts of it becoming so muddy and slippery it was hard to walk, and in other areas large puddles appearing in ruts.

The lane was repaired in part by the Council a couple of years ago, but a large section near the Park’s Farm Gate soon became rutted again due to poor drainage.   The recent repairs have been organized and paid for by some of the local residents along the track with a contribution also made by the ward Councillors.   Leeds City Council supplied some of the materials, but the contractor this time was a private company who have paid some attention to the drainage conditions.   So, we need to keep fingers crossed that this will work.

Many of the residents on the Hillside end of the lane are very pleased that they can now take children to school, and walk to Guiseley along the lane in winter.

The task next year will be to see if we can get the Council to clear up the lower part of Kelcliffe Lane, where the nettles are almost completely over growing the area in parts.  There were promises for something to be done this year, but this has not materialised.

With the repairs done we will be able to use Kelcliffe Lane for the start of our Lantern Parade on 17th December.  That should solve the issue of the ‘bottleneck’ through the Oxford Road gate, and save any possible damage to cars parked along the small track.

A thank you to everyone who has contributed to this improvement.

About Jennifer Inskip Kirkby

Director and Vice Chair of Friends of Parkinson's Park CIC, Chair of Aireborough Neighbourhood Forum and Facilitator of Inskip One-Name Study. Has a degree in Local History (University of Cambridge), and Economics (University of Leeds). Now retired after a career as a Business Analyst and Advisor.
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