Appeal made for new post office

No replacement is yet on the horizon for the Haworth Brow Post Office, which closed last August.

Parish council chairman, Councillor John Huxley, said the Post Office had told him it was advertising for someone to run a postal facility in this part of the village, but so far no one had come forward.

He noted that the Post Office was describing the closure as “temporary” and that it still wanted to restore its services to the Brow, members of the Haworth, Cross Roads, and Stanbury Parish Council heard The Mill Hey premises shut after its postmaster was unable to sell the business as a post office. Following the closure the post box outside the property was also removed. Coun Huxley said the lack of a post office in the area was causing distress, especially for older residents.

Parish council clerk, Glyn Broomhead, said the Post Office had informed him the original post box would be reinstalled. He said it would be sited in the Haworth Railway Station forecourt - not far from its previous location. However, he added the Post Office said it was waiting for a contractor to carry out the work and could not confirm when the installation would take place.

l Everyone at the meeting stood in silence in memory of a former parish councillor who died at the age of 62 last month. They remembered Ian Shackleton, who stepped down from the council in May last year due to ill health.

Coun Huxley said: “He played a key role with many young people growing up in this area. He’s a sad loss to the area’s youngsters.

“I would like to pay tribute to all he achieved as a Play Champion, as a councillor and as a man.”

Coun Peter Hill pointed out that Mr Shackleton had been the last of the founding members of the parish council.

The councillors debated plans for a permanent memorial to Mr Shackleton’s life and community work.

Coun Huxley said one idea which had been proposed was a plaque, which would be placed in Cross Roads Park.

Coun Barry Thorne said he thought it would be more appropriate to launch an annual event, grant or awards ceremony which would be named after Mr Shackleton.

The council agreed to explore the idea in more detail.

l Coun Steve Illingworth asked councillors to recommend plots of land for a project designed to protect “outdoor recreational spaces”.

He was referring to the UK-wide Queen Elizabeth II Fields initiative, which has been started by a national charity called Fields in Trust. The charity says the programme is marking the Diamond Jubilee and London Olympic and Paralympic Games, by permanently protecting outdoor areas used for recreation.

Coun Illingworth said his environment committee had already identified two or three pieces of land which could be eligible for the scheme. He said one of these areas was in Haworth Brow, between Portland Street and Hebden Road.

He said the land had been earmarked as being suitable for housing in Bradford Council’s Local Development Framework.

l Councillors discussed drawing up a plan to develop and improve Haworth’s Weaver’s Hill car park.

Coun Illingworth said the parish council had wanted to use this area to accommodate a facility for coach drivers. He said this could either be a rest room or some form of catering provision. “That would alleviate pressure at the top end of the village,” he added.

l Coun Huxley said a meeting of the parish council’s finance committee would be called to decide how the council would contribute to the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee festivities. He said the council would not take part in an international project to light celebratory beacons due to the costs involved.

Coun Illingworth suggested giving a bookmark to each child attending schools in the parish.

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