A Keighley Town Council committee chairman claims he and his colleagues are delivering real benefits for local people.

Graham Mitchell, of the watch and transport committee, highlighted the provision of items such as security window locks, police cameras, police mountain bikes, road signs, extra bus shelters and 60 extra grit bins.

He added: “This committee is now being paid to refill some Bradford District Council grit bins in Keighley Central and West wards.

“And Keighley wouldn’t have had its Boxing Day bus services – the first in 22 years – without the efforts of this committee. And we’re working with Keighley Police to make new ‘Smart Water’ packs widely available to restrict the theft of flagstones.

“We’ve also agreed to financially support the new Green Dog Walkers scheme, to counteract the menace of dog excrement on pavements and in parks.”

The committee is backing the Friends of Keighley Tarn group, and working with Haworth and Oxenhope parish councils to create a framework for a new community emergency services hub for the Worth Valley.

“This is a committee that has never overspent its annual budget,” he said. “Indeed, we’ve frequently handed back funds at the end of the financial year.

“These are the things we’ve done for Keighley, not as ‘keyboard warriors’, but as elected members who’ve rolled up their sleeves, done the heavy lifting and delivered positive benefits for the people who elected us.”