OTLEY market is to re-open next week as some lockdown rules are relaxed.

Ellar Ghyll tip will also open its gates although with limitations on use and on a booking only basis.

Councillors are welcoming the changes but are stressing the importance of continuing to follow safety advice.

The re-opened market will be different to the way it was before the outbreak - will all stalls now on Market Place and none allowed on Kirkgate.

Only regular Otley traders who want to attend will be allowed on site - no temporary or casual stall holders will be permitted.

Stalls will be arranged to ensure social distancing. Extra signage will be put up to remind people about social distancing and there should be signs for stall holders to direct where people queue.

Otley Councillors Sandy Lay, Colin Campbell and Ryk Downes have welcomed the news that the market is gradually starting to reopen.

"This follows recent Government guidelines," said Cllr Lay. "And though we welcome the news that the town is starting to reopen we also wish to remind people they still need to take care."

Cllr Campbell said: "The reopening will be limited with only regular stall holders attending and all stalls confined to Market Place."

Cllr Downes added: "This means that social distancing can still be maintained, with stalls being separated and markets officers on hand to advise on queueing and social distancing."

The three councillors thanked the regular food stall holders who have continued to attend the Market during lockdown.

They said: "Their efforts have helped to keep some semblance of normality in town and ensured residents had access to fresh food. Everyone involved deserves a big thank you."

Ellar Ghyll tip will be the final Leeds recycling site to re-open. It will open with limited access and for garden waste only, to maintain safe access and social distancing.

Visitors must book a slot in advance to be allowed into the centre. Book at www.leeds.gov.uk/recyclingsites.

Cllr Sandy Lay said: "I'm pleased the Household Waste and Recycling Centre at Ellar Ghyll has reopened albeit with limitations for the time being. We plan to monitor and review the workings of the site regularly to ensure that everyone using the site does so safely."