More than 350 Silsden residents are petitioning for greater road safety for their children when walking to school.

Parents Garry Wilkinson and David Driver are leading the campaign, which calls for the speed limit in Elliott Street, near Aireview Infants School, to be reduced from 30 to 20 miles per hour.

The pair, who are members of the school governing body and have young daughters at Aireview, have asked parents in the playground and residents in the town shops to sign the petition.

Mr Driver said: "Elliott Street now is becoming like a race track and we are getting sick of it. It is a nightmare going to school in the morning - they come down that road like they are Michael Schumacher."

Mr Wilkinson said campaigners only wanted the same speed limit that other roads near schools in the area had.

He said: "We have the backing of Aireview and Silsden businesses and a letter of support from Hothfield Junior School."

The 373 signature petition was given to Silsden Town Council at its meeting last week, along with a presentation showing photos of 20mph speed limits outside schools in Addingham, Kildwick, Bradley and also noting that Cononley, Steeton and Farnhill primary schools also have that speed limit.

After the presentation, Craven Ward councillor Andrew Mallinson said: "I wish every sign was effective but unfortunately it is not. We need something physical put in to slow people down."

Councillor Alan Edwards proposed that the council should support the application in principle and request that experts come out and assess the best measures to put in place, which was accepted.

The town council will now pass its recommendation to Bradford Council highways department, which will decide whether to implement the speed limit reduction.