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Helicopter to fly in stones
10:04am Thursday 6th September 2012 in Local news
More than 500 tonnes of stone paving flags are about to be airlifted onto Ilkley Moor to continue footpath improve-ment work.
A helicopter is due to fly in on September 17 – weather permitting – to lift the giant stones into place.
Bradford Council Country-side and Rights of Way manager, Danny Jackson, said the aim is to lay the flags on strategic routes on Ilkley Moor and prevent further damage to sensitive habitats.
Stones have been weighed, banded onto pallets and transported onto the edge of the moor ready to be airlifted into place.
One load will be carried to the Trig Point and eastwards to the Dick Hudsons path near the Twelve Apostles, the other west to Crawshaw Moss near Rivock Edge.
It is hoped the flags will all be laid by the end of October.
Stones may also be flown to an area identified by The Friends of Ilkley Moor for the construction of a seat at the ruined lodge at the top of Backstone Beck.