Ilkley councillor to quiz authority leader over future of road maintenance

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

Councillor Anne Hawkesworth

First published in News

Questions about the future of road maintenance in the Ilkley area have been posed to the leader of Bradford Council.

Ward councillor, Anne Hawkesworth (Con, Ilkley) has submitted questions to Councillor David Green ahead of the next full meeting of Bradford Council.

Coun Hawkesworth has asked the council leader to support the view former trunk roads are strategic routes and should be maintained to high specification for safety reasons.

She has also asked Coun Green if the A65 still receives its proportion of the Government grant allocated to former trunk roads as part of an annual financial settlement.

Coun Hawkesworth recently raised concerns about the proposed devolution of non-urgent highways maintenance services to Bradford Council’s Keighley Area Committee.

The move is planned along with the transfer of other council services from Bradford to the area committee – which consists of ward representatives from Ilkley, Craven ward and Bradford Council wards in and around Keighley.

Keighley Area Committee heard reports on the devolution of services at its meeting last week.

The committee noted and welcomed the reports, asking the Keighley area co-ordinator to programme papers from each of the devolved services, enabling the committee to consider the details of each service and how it may be able to shape it.

Councillors asked for a further report at the first available meeting of the next financial year, outlining the impacts of a service delivery review on the future local determination of highway maintenance budgets.

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