‘BACK on track’.

That is how ward councillors are describing a push to complete Otley’s bid to have a 20mph speed limit in force on all of its residential roads.

The first local 20mph zones were introduced on streets south of the river in 2014, and the Prince Henry’s area followed. But a scheme for Ashfield, which would have completed the coverage, was delayed after originally being pencilled in for summer, 2018.

Councillors Colin Campbell, Ryk Downes and Sandy Lay (Lib Dem, Otley & Yeadon) are now hopeful the final scheme will be implemented in the spring of 2019. Cllr Downes said “This scheme is the final piece in the jigsaw for Otley and will mean that all local streets will be safer.”

Cllr Lay said: “The proposal should have been in place earlier in this year but for various reasons this was delayed. However, this has allowed us to include the hospital and Meagill Rise developments in the plan so now all of the area will be covered.”

A Speed Indication Device (SID) is also to be installed on Weston Lane, near Ashfield Primary School, as part of the work.