Why do I get the impression you're not actually sorry? And what indeed do you feel you need to be sorry for?
Sorry for smiling about what I thought was a massively dramatic, OTT comment about not coming to Calderdale ever again because of the aforementioned gravel. Which it seems you actually meant.
If I had folks from 40 miles away trying to prevent my local trails being sanitised, I'd be a little more appreciative. As you point out, there's no local campaign group so it seems your trails need every defender they can get if this is the approach the highways folks are going to take. More fool me you say? It's your trails getting buried.
We do need all the help we can get and I do appreciate it, as I'm sure many other Calderdale residents do. Unfortunately I believe a lot of it will fall on deaf ears at our local council who view this kind of work on BWs as positive. Theres a section of BW on the other side of the valley from my house which is absolutely brilliant and on a whole other level compared to this short section of Blue Pig (we're talking maybe 500/600m of downhill singletrack). Each year for the last 4 or 5 years, Calderdale Council have 'fixed' it by tipping tonnes of this same gravel stuff down it. After a few days of rain, its piled up at the bottom again by the railway line. And yet, the highways dept or whoever it is that sanctions and carries out this work carries on, year after year.
A body, such as Ride Calderdale (I won't sue them for using the name of my (old) blog) needs to open dialogue with whoever it is at the council who oversees this kind of work and say "ok, if any work is planned on any of these bridleways, can we, as a major user of routes around Hebden/Calderdale, be informed so we can look at a good way of preserving the character of the trail whilst maintaining it".
The council need to know its the character and quality of the trails that bring people to the area and if they keep steam rollering stuff in the way they have with Blue Pig, and a few years ago, the Slack Zig Zags, people will just bypass the area.
Unfortunately, as mikewsmith says, the response to your email just looks like a fobbing off by someone who has no idea about mountain biking and our requirements.
Personally, I'm going to be writing a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org - thats some kind of cycling leisure team at Calderdale Council. I'd hope they might actually be made of up of cyclists who can talk to the highways people and get people talking.
I'm afraid I suspect a group of mountain bikers mailing the highways team directly (who'll be fat men who drink coffee and eat biscuits all day and now and again have to wear a hi viz vest to conduct site visits) will feature on their priority list somewhere just above cleaning the bogs.
I'd love to be proved wrong but I suggest people mail email@example.com...