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19/02242/MAF | Securing and infilling of the shafts and entrances of Queensbury Tunnel - Re-advertisement due to changes February 2020 | Queensbury Tunnel Queensbury Bradford West Yorkshire
  • Total Consulted: 23
  • Comments Received: 6424
  • Objections: 6328
  • Supporting: 87
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Mr John Brennan (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

I agree with the other objectors particularly the view expressed
below

'Not only do I object to the infilling of the tunnel which could become a valuable amenity resource but I also object to the infilling of the ventilation shaft under "emergency powers". There was no emergency, the condition of the shaft has not changed materially over some extended period of time. Highways England appear to think planning applications do not apply to them, they should be taken to task over this. '

Comment submitted date: Tue 24 Sep 2019

It is clear that the only beneficiary of infilling the Tunnel and it's abandonment would be the applicant.

There would be no benefit to the local communities. I have visited the area and am aware that there are currently few off road cycling and walking routes.

By contrast, restoring and reopening the tunnel as an active cycling and walking route whilst inevitably more expensive in terms of the initial engineering works, would have enormous benefits to the health and wellbeing of many thousands of people for decades to come.

Mr Mike Reddaway (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

Queensbury Tunnel could be a great asset to the area as part of a Bradford - Halifax foot and cycle way. It would become an attraction itself given the length. As well as a transport link it could perhaps be used for events providing more attraction.
Also I believe the cost of abandonment is similar to that of upgrading which would be an obvious waste of public funding should abandonment take place. Given that there is public support and local council support and grant applications have been made, the abandonment should be turned down. I object to the application.

Mr Mark Buckle (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

Much the same as other objectors, but can I reiterate the comment made below

'Not only do I object to the infilling of the tunnel which could become a valuable amenity resource but I also object to the infilling of the ventilation shaft under "emergency powers". There was no emergency, the condition of the shaft has not changed materially over some extended period of time. Highways England appear to think planning applications do not apply to them, they should be taken to task over this. '

Mr Michael Davies (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

The Queensbury Tunnel needs to be redeveloped as a piece of sustainable transport infrastructure

Comment submitted date: Mon 23 Sep 2019

This application clearly shows that the governments has little interest in sustainable transport, and its commitment to reducing harmful greenhouse gases to meet annual climate targets is a complete fallacy.

Mr Neil Donkin (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Thu 27 Feb 2020

The application seeks to end the possibility of restoring the tunnel so that it can be used extend the current Great Northern Trail. This is an important and well used amenity, which would benefit greatly from being extended in its length.

Refuse the proposal.

Comment submitted date: Mon 15 Jul 2019

I object the proposal because it permanently stops the possibility of extending the existing cylceway/footpath/brideleway towards Halifax. The current short path is an oasis of peace but is well used by people, who like me wish, to exercise in safety away from traffic. I walk. I find cyclists using the path to be courteous and to be careful in the way they use the path. I would like the way to go all the way to Keighley and can see an easy off shoot to the edge of Clayton, where I live. The connection of Keighley to Halifax and into Clayton would lead to more use. Surely this benefit is considerable: safe exercise and easy commuting by bike. It should not be discounted to patch over the incompetence of Highways UK and its failure to pump water away.

Mrs Leana Wimlett (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 26 Feb 2020

I strongly object to this
It would make so much more sense for this tunnel to be redeveloped and re-opened as a safe traffic free route for Pedestrians and cyclists. There are few of these around within easy reach of residential areas and they are so needed to help promote safe outdoor activities for families etc

Mr Brian Dickinson (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Wed 26 Feb 2020

This wonderful example of railway engineering should, I feel be restored to its former glory and definitely not filled in to be gone forever.Having walked a similar restored series of ex railway tunnels in Derbyshire and admired them from the inside and also seen how very popular the trail is with cyclists and pedestrians,I feel it would be a crying shame not to create a similar walkway/cycleway along this tunnel at Queensbury.
Could I suggest that our planners take a trip to the Bakewell area of Derbyshire an visit the Monsall Trail and see for themselves what can be created with an old disused ex railway tunnel before any permission to fillin and close off the Queensbury tunnel be considered.

Mr GEOFFREY WHITELEY (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 25 Feb 2020

AS THE LAST PERSON TO USE QUEENSBURY STATION COMMERCIALLY,
BORN AND LIVED IN QUEENSBURY FOR 82 YEARS AND A MEMBER OF A QUEENSBURY FAMILY GOING BACK OVER TWO CENTURIES,
I OBJECT STRONGLY TO THE CLOSURE OF QUEENSBURY TUNNEL.
IT SHOULD BE OPENED FOR THE BENEFIT OF FUTURE GENERATIONS

Ms Diane Richardson (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 25 Feb 2020

'No' to losing use of this feat of Victorian engineering for a cycle and walkway, connecting Halifax and Bradford, for future generations!

Paul McCabe (Objects)

Comment submitted date: Tue 25 Feb 2020

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