Councillors may call for Ilkley Moor gamekeepers to undergo public relations training following reports of a “stream of complaints” from dog walkers.

Bradford Council’s Environment and Waste Management Scrutiny Committee is set to study a review of the Ilkley Moor shooting rights deed next week, including recommendations over the future of grouse shoots and management of the iconic public-owned landscape.

Recommendations in a draft report to the Committee suggest warning the public in advance of shoots, a rent review of the sporting rights deed, and continuing the lease with Bingley Moor Partnership for another five years.

Discussions with council officers and the Friends of Ilkley Moor highlighted complaints from dog walkers on the moor, says a draft report to the committee.

They claimed the Partnership’s gamekeepers had been “rude and aggressive” to walkers over keeping dogs on a leash.

And the report says other people - including students carrying out scientific research - have also been warned off the land.

But the report says further discussions with the Partnership and Wharfedale Naturalists identified an issue with dog owners failing to keep their dogs on a lead or under close supervision during bird breeding season.

The currently Labour-led Council agreed to carry out a review of the grouse shooting contract last year, looking at the impact of moorland management work by various bodies, economic aspects of the Moor, interface between the shoot and the public, and the terms of the shooting lease.

The scrutiny report is due before a meeting of the Committee at City Hall, Bradford, on Tuesday (July 16).