A CHANGE in the speed limit on Moor Road and Hangingstone Road, in Ilkley, is being proposed by Bradford Council.

The Council has published a Speed Limit Order proposing to reduce the limit from 50mph to 30mph. It will bring the stretch of road in the Ilkley constituency into line with the 30mph limit on Moor Road in the Shipley constituency which was reduced last year.

The Council has been in discussions with police for some time about reducing the speed limit on the road. Motorists have been caught out by the sudden change from 50mph to 30mph.

In a statement of reasons for proposing the make the order the Council says: “The proposed reduction in speed limit from 50mph to 30mph is in response to a number of accidents on this stretch of moor, including a couple of fatalities.

“The section of road involved is popular among walkers and cyclists due to its proximity to the Cow & Calf Rocks, Ilkley Moor and the Cow & Calf Pub. There are also sheep freely roaming the moorland without any protection from the roadside.

“The Council considers it necessary to make this order to make the road safer for users and also for preserving and/or improving the amenities of the area through which the roads run at the proposed housing development.”

The move has been welcomed by Councillor Anne Hawkesworth (Ind, Ilkley) who said: “This is much needed. It removes a stupid anomaly of moving from one speed to another - a ridiculous situation.”

A copy of the draft Order together with a map showing the affected roads and the Statement of Reasons for proposing to make the Order may be examined during normal office hours at the Customer Services Reception, Ground Floor, City Hall, Bradford. Representations must be received by the council no later than 12 noon on Friday, March 10 2023 quoting reference:- CORP/PCD/DS/412180.