HC Deb 12 May 1947 vol 437 cc109-10W
74. Colonel Stoddart-Scott

asked the Minister of Transport if he has yet decided the exact route of the trunk road through Wharfedale; if he will state the course the road will take from Harewood to Addingham; where it differs from the road described in the Trunk Roads Act, 1938; and how many, and which, playing fields between the two villages will be disturbed.

Mr. Barnes

The road from Addingham to Otley is part of the Liverpool—Preston—Leeds trunk road. The road from Otley to Harewood is not a trunk road and there is no proposal to make it one. Orders were made under the Trunk Roads Act, 1936, for improving the trunk road by means of four by-passes, one at Otley, one at Burley-in-Wharfedale, one at Ilkley and one at Addingham. There is no intention of departing from the lines of route laid down under those Orders.

Careful consideration was given to the effect of these proposals on amenities and property in the area before the Orders were made but it was found impossible to select a satisfactory line for these bypasses which would avoid interference with a number of playing fields.

The following grounds will be affected:

Otley By-passOtley Tennis Club, Sports Grounds for Messrs. Dowson, Payne and Elliott, Limited, and Messrs. William Ackroyd and Co. Limited.

Burley-in-Wharfedale By-passRecreation Ground.

Ilkley By-passIlkley Rugby Union Football Club, Olicanian Cricket Club, Ilkley Lawn Tennis Club, Ben Rhydding Sports Club, Ilkley Cricket Club, Ilkley British Legion Club, and Ilkley Bathing Pool.

Addingham By-passAddingham Village Football Club.

Of these grounds it is hoped that the interference with the four Ilkley clubs and bathing pool will be of a minor nature only