COMMUNITIES along the River Colne are set to benefit from a £260,000 lottery grant.

The three-year River Corridor Greenways project aims to develop riverside access by improving footpaths and greenways with links to Huddersfield town centre.

The River Corridor Project is made up of five partner groups.

These are the Paddock Community Forum, Longwood Edge Group, Milnsbridge Enhancement Group, the River Colne Project and Environmental Alliance.

The Paddock group aims to create a ramped path for disabled people through the woodland at Clough Hill. It also hopes to restore a dilapidated stone wall and spruce up woodland.

The Milnsbridge group aims to build a set of steps down to the weir to form the missing link of a proposed walk along the riverside.

Longwood Village Group wants to tackle five footpaths which need improvement. Members hope the paths will offer a form of green travel and a safer route to school.

As part of the project, cash has been allocated for a volunteer co-ordinator to help involve and support local people in the projects.

Jeff Keenlyside, project manager for the Environmental Alliance, which supports the projects, said: "This is an exciting project and I hope the new access improvements will help to link people to public facilities and offer greater recreation use.

"The network will stretch across the whole district, with links beyond.

"I hope local communities will play a major part in managing the resource for the future."