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Haworth is taken off ‘at risk’ list
Keighley district’s most popular tourist attraction has been removed from an ‘at risk’ register after being described as “on the slide” three years ago.
English Heritage confirmed a programme of improvement carried out in Haworth since the damning judgement in 2010 means the village’s ‘decline’ has been reversed.
The organisation says it added Haworth to its ‘at risk’ list because poor maintenance, piecemeal changes and excessive advertising were eroding the village’s character.
An English Heritage spokesman said: “Since 2010, Bradford Council and ourselves have worked with Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council, local businesses and residents.
“Bradford Council invested £622,887 in repairing the setts [in Main Street], and partnered English Heritage in providing grants for projects to show property owners how restoration should be done.
“These efforts have delivered great improvements to the conservation area, resulting in its removal from the register, but there is a fear that without continued focus, the hard work could be undone. Bradford Council has announced it will conduct a review, starting at the end of this year, to help the community maintain the high standards needed.”
Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council vice-chairman Councillor Peter Hill said: “I’m delighted we’re no longer on the list. I think a lot of the problems English Heritage saw with Haworth were more cosmetic than real.
“But the fact we’re not on the list anymore is a move in the right direction towards Haworth being recognised as an iconic place to visit.
“And it’s important it’s understood that for Haworth to remain one of the leading tourist attractions in the north of England, it must not suffer from over-development.”
Tammy Whitaker, principal adviser for Heritage at Risk in Yorkshire, said: “Haworth was added to the ‘at risk’ register because insensitive development was robbing the village of its character. By making some vital improvements, the village is being restored to its former glory in time for the world to see it when the Tour de France passes through.”
Bradford’s executive member for planning, housing and transportation, Coun Val Slater, said: “We made a big investment in new setts to improve the condition of the village, and we’re committed to working with local people to review the conservation area and to ensure people understand how they can play their part in keeping Haworth unique.”
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