The Council are constantly seeking to pursue projects that benefit Otley and its residents. Current projects include:
Cycling is an extremely popular activity in Otley and the town is a popular destination for road cyclists, mountain bikes and leisure cyclists. Otley Town Council have worked with local Otley cycling groups to produce the Do You Ride Strategy, with the objectives being to develop a plan to improve cycling opportunities for all in and around the town.
In the late 1980’s Otley Town Council purchased the old sewage settlement beds at Gallows Hill, to the east of Otley and created a nature area. A voluntary organisation, Friends of Gallows Hill, are working to manage the environmental aspects of the site. The site is a rich environment for amphibians, insects, birds and is known for its very high toad population. Anyone interested in working with the Friends of Gallows Hill please contact the Community Development Officer at email@example.com
The Localism Act 2011 introduced neighbourhood planning in England. Neighbourhood Planning is a change to the planning system intended to give communities more of a say in the development of their local area. Communities can draw up a Neighbourhood Plan to decide the future of the places where they live and work. Otley embarked on developing it’s Neighbourhood Plan in late 2013. Otley Neighbourhood Plan
Researching New Allotments Sites
Otley Town Council continue to work on identifying potential new allotment sites in order to reduce our waiting lists.
The Wharfedale Greenway is intended to be a new attractive and convenient traffic-free green route for everyday and recreational journeys of every kind, be it by foot or bicycle, the greenway would link the communities of Otley, Pool-in-Wharfedale, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Menston along the route of the former railway line.
Otley Town Council are working in partnership with the parish councils in these areas, as well as Leeds and Bradford Councils and Sustrans to deliver this project. Wharefedale Greenway Consultation Executive Summary
Otley Work Club is held fortnightly on a Thursday in the Otley Core. Our team of experienced volunteers are available to support with IT skills, CV preparation, Universal Jobmatch, searching and applying for jobs or apprenticeships. Free. No booking required. Work Club Advert