Ramsden Road Proposed Closure
Ramsden Road and the paths and routes around the reservoirs of the upper Holme Valley are enjoyed by walkers, bird watchers, anglers and families and is a popular recreational destination for both locals and visitors.
This public amenity and natural sanctuary has in recent years suffered through increasing abuse from recreational off-road vehicle users.
Ramsden Road in the upper Holme Valley links Holmbridge village to the Brownhill, Ramsden and Riding Wood reservoirs becoming an unsurfaced highway more akin to a bridleway at the Ramsden reservoir's car park.
At Riding Wood reservoir Ramsden 'Road' meets Kiln Bent Road and turns sharp left as wide gravelled footpath up the hill towards its end point at the junction of Cartworth Road and White Gate Road.
Kiln Bent Road continues over the Riding Wood reservoir, passing Yateholme reservoir where it becomes Holme Woods Lane, eventually meeting the main Woodhead Road between Holme village and Holme Moss summit.
Furthermore, local residents are regularly affected by criminality, littering, fly tipping and car abandonment.
To address the increasing criminality and increase the quality of the public amenity it is proposed to re-categorise the roads and prohibit access to Holme Woods Road and Ramsden Road to motor vehicles by providing locked gated access at Riding Wood reservoirs and near the end of Holme Woods Lane before it meets Woodhead Road.
Please make your views known. Should Ramsden Road be closed to motor vehicles?