A KEIGHLEY councillor wants penalties levelled against utility companies that leave temporary traffic lights in place on roads even while no work is actually taking place.

Cllr Michael Westerman, chairman of Keighley Town Council's Watch and Transport Committee, spoke out about temporary lights were in Park Lane, near its junction with Hainworth Wood Road, earlier this month. (May)

He said the lights, installed for work being carried out by Yorkshire Water, were in position for nearly two weeks, but every time he drove past this location he said no contractors were on site.

After he complained about the matter he said the lights were removed on May 10, only to be put back for part of the May 12/13 weekend, and again on May 14.

"It's been causing traffic to back up Parkwood Street and as far as Dalton Lane," he warned.

"The traffic has also been backing up onto Longcroft, Worth Way and East Parade. The congestion at teatimes in particular has been ridiculous.

"There should be bigger fines for utility companies that allow this to happen, because it's causing major problems."

Commenting on May 10, a Yorkshire Water spokesman responded: “Our contractors are currently on site in Park Lane, Keighley attending to emergency repairs.

"We're working to get this resolved and aim to have the road re-opened as soon as possible. Apologies for any inconvenience caused."