Row over £30m cycle superhighway roadworks in Leeds

Phill Pantry on Stanningley Road
Phill Pantry on Stanningley Road
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Pensioner Phill Pantry claims a Leeds suburb’s heritage is being ‘pillaged’ during work to create a new £30m cycle superhighway.

Mr Pantry, 66, was shocked to discover workers on the City Connect scheme are removing original granite kerbstones on Stanningley Road and replacing them with concrete kerbstones.

Construction work started in January on a 23km cycle superhighway to connect Bradford to Leeds city centre and east Leeds. Work is due to be completed by late December.

Retired sheet metal worker Mr Pantry said: “The granite is beautiful stuff and one of the excuses for removing it was it is very expensive and involves mechanical handling devices to put it back.

“They are pillaging Armley’s heritage and it makes no financial sense. Just because Armley isn’t classed as a conservation site doesn’t mean they should be able to remove whatever they want.”

A spokeswoman for City Connect said: “It is regrettable that there has to be some loss of stone kerbing on the highway, overall the Cycle Superhighway is enhancing the Leeds-Bradford corridor through resurfacing footways, renewing worn or damaged kerbing and reducing street clutter. The scheme has sought to deal with the stone kerbs in a consistent manner and in accordance with the principles that Leeds City Council would use when dealing with stone kerbs across the district. Stone kerbs are retained if they are in a conservation area, if the footway is also flagged in stone and if the stone kerb can be used as part of the cycleway segregation between the footway and the cycleway.

“In this case the footway is being narrowed to allow for segregation so we are replacing the stone kerbstones with concrete kerbs in line with highway improvement principles.”