A community group in North Yorkshire that launched a campaign to stop a road being built never expected to succeed. Yet it has not only blocked the bypass but also raised hundreds of thousands of pounds to create a wood on land the road would have passed through. Nidd Gorge Community Action spent three years protesting against the road, gathering about 12,000 petition signatures and lodging objections with North Yorkshire county council. Just when the group learnt it had won, committee members heard that a farmer wanted to sell some of his fields but had not found a buyer because of the proposed road — and they seized their chance. They formed a community benefit society and sold shares to raise the £250,000.
Times 27th Dec 2020 read more »