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Rodley Nature Reserve to partially re-open

Rodley Nature Reserve is to re-open on Sundays for a trial basis, trustees have revealed today.

The nature reserve has been closed to the public since early January to allow for work on the nearby swing bridge ahead of 66 new homes being built on the adjacent Airedale Mills site.

Dynamic Capital and Investments already has outline planning permission for the site, which includes replacing the swing bridge and carrying out road works to ensure access. Work was expected to take up to five months.

Nature reserve trustees have today revealed the reserve will re-open for just one day a week initially, from Sunday, 3 April. Their statement said:

“It is now possible to reopen on Sundays, from 9am to 5pm for a trial period. Until the bridge works are complete, access is restricted to canal towpath users.

“Trustees request that visitors take special care in parking, whether in Ross Mills, Rodley or Newlay, so as to not cause any inconvenience to residents.

“We look forward to seeing you back.”

In December developers applied for full planning permission for the 66 homes. WLD revealed earlier this month that three West Leeds councillors have raised their concerns over the plans.

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