Ilkley MP to set out proposals for leaving Bradford Council control


Robbie Moore MP - who represents the Ilkley and Keighley constituency - is to lead a debate in parliament this week on an idea that could see the towns break free from Bradford.


Mr Moore is putting forward a Private Member's Bill in the House of Commons this Friday (25th February), which would allow places to form new unitary local authorities if agreed by local residents in a referendum.


The proposed Local Authority Boundaries (Referendums) Bill would give communities the power to demand a new council be set up - something which the MP says has been one of his top priorities for Keighley and Ilkley since being elected in 2019.


Neighbouring Shipley could also form part of a break-away council, with the idea also backed by Shipley MP Philip Davies.


Robbie Moore says a number of constituents have contacted him, saying they currently feel excluded and unrepresented by Bradford Council. He adds that a new council could protect local green spaces and being specifically focussed on local issues would enable it to attract local investment and drive forward economic prosperity and growth.


He said: “For far too long, my constituents have been ignored by Bradford Council. In spite of sending them huge amounts of money through Council Tax and Business Rates, we receive hardly anything in return, with investment going to Bradford City Centre whilst our local services suffer.

"Bradford Council continue to provide a shoddy service to my constituents. They have no proper economic growth strategy for Keighley and just last summer they failed to even apply for a further £20 million from the government's Levelling Up Fund to add to the £33.6 million Towns Fund money I secured.


"Whether it is small or large issues there are constant failings; such as taking the ridiculous decision to close the Haworth Tourist Information Centre or not acting on problems like parking in Ilkley. The Council have also failed vulnerable young children in our area, which is why Bradford Council are being stripped of their responsibility for Children’s Services.


"Local authorities need to represent each and every one of its residents. If you live in Keighley and Ilkley, in my view, this currently does not happen. My Private Members Bill will give us the power to demand a new local authority. That way, we can protect our green belt, deliver better services and ensure more money is spent in our area.”