COUNCILLORS have voted not to allocate money to support a traffic scheme to block off a section of an unadopted road to cars.

The decision was taken at a meeting of Bradford East Area Committee this evening.

It had been recommended the Committee allocate up to £3,500 to the scheme, being put forward by Wrose Parish Council to install gates at each end of All Alone Road to stop cars getting access to the road, while maintaining access for residents, walkers, horses and mobility scooters.

The road has been plagued by fly tipping, illegal quad bikes, and anti-social behaviour, and is also used by people trying to evade police.

Wrose Parish Council has allocated £3,000 to the scheme, which costs £9,000 in total. Shipley Area Committee has allocated up to £3,500 to it, and an application has been made to the Police and Crime Commissioner's Office for additional funding. Bradford East was being asked to put up to £3,500 towards the scheme as it is a jointly funded traffic scheme.

However, Councillors voted by five votes to none not to allocate the money, citing budget restraints and the demand for money for road safety measures in the constituency has reasons.

Councillor Jeanette Sunderland (Lib Dem, Idle and Thackley) put forward the motion.

She said: "Nobody is stopping you from going ahead with this scheme, we just do not have the budget to support it.

"Being asked to fund £3,500 when we have children who cannot cross the road to school safely, and lots of accidents, to remove money for this scheme, we just do not have the budget for it."

Councillor Brendan Stubbs (Lib Dem, Eccleshill) seconded the motion, saying: "We have already earmarked how we will spend our highways budget for the year, and we have to spend on our priority.

"We just do not have the budget for it."

Committee chairman Cllr Rachel Sunderland (Lib Dem, Bolton and Undercliffe), said the committee has a waiting list worth £973,000 for road safety measures in Bradford East, some in areas with higher rates of fly tipping and anti-social behaviour than All Alone Road.

Labour Councillors Hassan Khan, Rizwana Jamil, and Taj Salam all abstained from the vote.

David Jessop, chairman of Wrose Parish Council, attended the meeting, and said: "We are upset about the decision, but we respect the decision of the Committee."