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FLASHBACK HULL DAILY MAIL HDM ARCHIVE LIBRARY IMAGES Subject - Then and Now - Date - January, 1978 Our weekly then picture shows the East Yorkshire village of Walkington in the 1970s Featured July Image

FLASHBACK HULL DAILY MAIL HDM ARCHIVE LIBRARY IMAGES Subject - Then and Now - Date - January, 1978 Our weekly then picture shows the East Yorkshire village of Walkington in the 1970s

FLASHBACK HULL DAILY MAIL HDM ARCHIVE LIBRARY IMAGES

Subject - Then and Now -

Date - January, 1978
Our weekly then picture shows the East Yorkshire village of Walkington in the 1970s, taken for a news report on a troubling subject for the village...

"A public inquiry now seems likely over Humberside County Council's compulsory purchase order for Walkington village pond to further its plans for a footpath over the edge of the water for road safety reasons.

The county is anxious to keep pedestrians away from traffic along the pond's edge, and has decided to press ahead with the compulsory purchase order in an effort to find out who owns the pond.
Walkington Parish Council is protesting against the order, said its Chairman, Mr. Ernie Teal. He said this week there would be an inquiry at which the order would be resisted.
The county, which has already reserved its right to build a footpath on stilts over the water if necessary, found that when negotiations to buy the pond were started, no one knew exactly who owned it.
Mr. D. A. Lucas, clerk to the parish council, said they now wanted to stop the path proposal and had already asked the county council to abandon their compulsory purchase order. He did not yet know the council's reaction to this.
Mr. Lucas continued: This is about the fourth or fifth time we have asked them to drop it. It is not that the Parish Council is against a path, because it was their idea in the first place.
The basic fear is that probably shelved away in some pigeon-hole are proposals to widen the road through the village to allow lorries to travel even faster through Walkington than they do now'.
In two or three years time they might slap a road on it, having acquired some of our land. They will not listen to our suggestion that they build a path on land which is still private. They say they cannot spend public money on private land.
The fact that they are not prepared to drop it makes it appear that one section of the county council may have hidden motives'.
Three local children show how perilous the current path is with traffic passing close by."

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