A Bracken Bank shopkeeper has launched a petition in support of a school’s campaign for safety improvements at one of its exits.

David Mortimer, who runs Bracken Bank Stores, said more than a dozen people had added their signatures within the first day of the petition being started.

He is backing calls by Oak-bank School for a pavement to be provided at Ingrow Lane.

The school has barred students from leaving at lunch-time via its sports centre entrance due to safety fears because of the lack of a pavement on one side of the lane.

And Mr Mortimer said trade at his shop, which is in nearby Opal Street, has slumped as a result.

“A lot of people coming into the shop have voiced their support for a footpath,” he said.

“Residents want it, not just for the children from the school, but for those using the nearby skate park.

“Even motorists have told me it’s needed because of youngsters walking in the road.”

District councillor Jan Smithies has met Oakbank head David Maxwell to discuss safety concerns.

She said there was a long list of possible road schemes in the Keighley West ward and Ingrow Lane could be added, but she was not optimistic Bradford Council will be able to provide the cash.