A campaign to preserve a Belper footpath has received “overwhelming” support, says the organiser behind the initiative.
In June, plans were approved for Belper Meadows Sports Club to build a 574-square metre pavilion at Christchurch Meadows, located just off Bridge Street.
However, local resident Trevor Burton, of Joseph Street, is now aiming to ensure that the proposed renovation of the area does not mean the surrounding footpath is closed off to the public.
The arrival of fence panels and a metal fence near the site had alarmed Trevor and other residents, who says the heritage of the path’s route is too important to lose.
He says he has been overwhelmed by the support he has received since he took over the campaign to get the footpath registered as a Right of Way.
Trevor, 68, says he has been given the go-ahead by Derbyshire County Council and is now finalising the application.
He told the Belper News: “Generations of Belper people have walked this path and it’s important to protect what we have got.
“Belper people are resilient and I decided to get this route designated as a Right of Way because we need to preserve the heritage.
“It’s a lovely walk down there and we have to protect it.
“We’re not trying to upset anyone but this path has been there for a long time.
“I’ve had dialogue with John Morris (At Belper Meadows Sports Club) and he’s assured me they’re not trying to close down the path.”