Ilkley Parish Council’s proposed precept rise of 22 per cent has been branded “the wrong call at the wrong time” by the town’s MP.

The rise will see a band D Property go from paying £19.60 to £24.04 a year, which MP Kris Hopkins said would generate deep anger.

The Conservative-led parish council overall budget for 2014 to 2015 is to rise from almost £154,000 to £185,600 – with £20,000 set aside for Tour de France spending, £7,000 for the drafting of a Neighbour-hood Plan and a £7,000 rise in the Council’s Awards and Projects pot.

Parish council chairman Councillor Mike Gibbons said: “Ilkley Parish Council is setting a precept that it feels is required.”