A Wharfedale councillor is calling for two long anticipated road safety projects to be implemented faster.

Leeds City Council says staff changes, along with preparations for the Tour de France, have made it "difficult to progress" some schemes as quickly as it wanted.

The highways department was replying to a query by Councillor Barry Anderson (Con, Adel & Wharfedale) about plans to lower speed limits in two areas of Pool-in-Wharfedale.

Discussions about a lower 40mph restriction and new road markings on the A658 Pool Bank New Road, and imposing 40mph and 30mph limits at either end of Old Pool Bank, along with HGV warning signs, have been going on since early 2012.

An officer's reply to Coun Anderson's query stated: "To try and ease the pressure we have recently appointed a new member of staff within the traffic team on a temporary basis, commencing on January 6, and his first task will be to progress the improvement measures on Pool Bank New Road."