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North Yorkshire ramblers in bid for new bridge

Artist impression of the proposed bridge Image copyright Burley Bridge Association
Image caption The Burley Bridge Association is raising money to build and maintain the bridge

A group of ramblers led by TV presenter Janet Street-Porter is campaigning for a new footbridge over a river in North Yorkshire.

The Burley Bridge Association (BBA) has submitted planning applications for a bridge over the River Wharfe at Burley.

The association says the existing stepping stones are dangerous.

Bradford Council has received a number of objections to the plan, citing increased traffic, the visual impact of the bridge and concerns over waste.

Ms Street-Porter, who lives nearby, said she was passionate about the campaign.

"The river here is so dangerous," she said.

"So finally after all these years of campaigning we've got a plan for a very elegant bridge across the river here."

The BBA has been campaigning for a bridge since 1996. It aims to raise funds to pay for the construction and maintenance of the structure.

Image caption Campaigners says the existing crossing of stepping stones is dangerous

The association said that a number of footpaths pass through the area and that in bad weather the stone weir footpath was dangerous to cross.

Keith Wadd from the Ramblers Association said: "It seems such a shame that there is an area of outstanding natural beauty on the doorstep of Burley and it is so difficult to get there."

Bradford Council, one of the two authorities which will consider the application, has received 120 letters of support and 31 objections.

A decision is expected next month.

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