DOZENS of people turned out to voice their concerns about plans to open a public route for walkers, cyclists and horseriders last night.
Residents packed into Burton Village Hall at Highburton to address a panel of councillors about plans to introduce the Fenay Greenway, to run from Kirkburton to Waterloo.
The meeting came after a public consultation involving 760 local people revealed 74% would use the route and 72% voted in favour of the scheme.
But objector Francesca Hunt, of Dean Fold, Kirkburton, claimed the project would be a waste of council money and could create trouble in the area.
She said: "There is a lot of concern about vandalism because looking at other greenway routes, the areas near housing estates are appalling.
"There is rubbish dumped and graffiti on every surface.
"People are also worried about opening up a route to crime.
"We think it would be used by such a small percentage of people that it would go into disuse.
"It is a waste of money when there are so many roads in a bad state."
But parish councillor Derek Hardcastle, also a supporter of the Fenay Greenway Society, said: "It is important people have a safe, attractive alternative to the Penistone Road for travelling towards town going to the shops or just to teach their kids how to ride their bikes."
He said four petitions had been received by Kirklees Council - three in favour and one against the proposal.
The results will be presented to the council's Cabinet in January.