Haworth toilets petition tops 1,000 signatures

Keighley News: Councillor Rebecca Poulsen outside the toilets in Central Park Councillor Rebecca Poulsen outside the toilets in Central Park

A petition to save Haworth Park’s threatened public toilet block has been handed in to Bradford Council.

A total of 1,131 people signed the document calling for the block to be kept open.

Facilities in the award-winning Central Park are earmarked for closure as part of the Council’s efforts to cut millions of pounds from its budget.

However, residents and councillors have argued axing public toilets in a spot so popular with tourists would not make sense.

They warn Haworth is expected to accommodate thousands of visitors from the UK and further afield when the Tour de France passes through the village next July.

The petition was started by the Worth Valley’s three district councillors – Glen Miller, Russell Brown and Rebecca Poulsen.

Commenting after the petition had been presented to the Council, Coun Miller thanked everyone who lent their signature to the campaign, adding he hoped Bradford Council would listen.

He said: “A lot of people signed this in a very short period of time – it wasn’t available for long.”

Bradford’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, Coun Andrew Thornton, has defended the planned toilets’ closure, arguing the authority needs to take difficult decisions to balance its budget.

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