Sorry, I omitted to pass on a useful message from Danny Jackson (BMDC Countryside Ranger)
"I guess I should clarify that the driver for the recent path works was very much the Management Plan and the Watersheds Landscape Lottery project - not FOIM, although they were very supportive. It would be inappropriate to point the finger at them for the flagging work - not that you are, but some of your members might be tempted to do so- I think that's worth explaining.
The working relationship between us, as owner/managers of the moor and FOIM is that both Richard and I are ex-officio members and Richard attends the Committee meetings. They have financially supported some of the smaller access improvements on the moor, plus habitat work and they have a regular volunteer input on practical tasks. We regard them as a useful sounding board to reflect the views of locals and people who use the moor and of course a source of financial and practical support. The wider the audience that they represent, the better, as far as we are concerned."
There was also a useful link pointed out by Morgan http://www.pennineprospects.co.uk/watershed-landscape
, and also http://www.watershedlandscape.co.uk/
For information, I'm hoping to meet with Owen Wells the Chairman of Friends of Ilkley Moor next week for some fact-finding prior to the IH Ctee meeting and some information-sharing. I will NOT be presenting a Club stance on this (that is subject to a Committee meeting) but will report the views expressed. So if you've got a view and not made it know yet please post here or otherwise contact me.
Can I ask, yet again, that you do not respond to or argue with others' views here. I do not want anyone to worry about expressing a view for fear of the response, and the rules of the forums http://ilkleyharriers.org.uk/index.php?page=forum
" Anyone who causes undue upset and work will simply be removed from the Forums (membership of the Forums is not a right of Ilkley Harriers membership)." Thanks.