FORMER public loos at a Bronte Country beauty spot have been sold.

The block at Penistone Hill, off Moorside Lane, Haworth, fetched £55,000 when it went to an undisclosed buyer at auction.

The guide price was just £10,000.

Bradford Council closed the toilets as part of budget cuts in 2015.

Efforts to find another organisation to take over the running of the stone-built block were unsuccessful.

The ex-loos were among a number of council-owned properties auctioned off by Pugh, in a sale at Leeds United Football Club’s ground.

Other buildings to go under the hammer included the former Wibsey Park Lodge, which sold for more than £150,000.

The council said proceeds from the sales would go towards providing services and that the move would bring empty properties back into use.

Worth Valley councillor Rebecca Poulsen said she would like to see proceeds from the Penistone Hill sale ploughed back into the area, rather than go into a central pot.

She added she’d be happy to talk to the buyer about any plans for the site.

“I know a few interested people were looking at a possible cafe facility which ultimately would require a change of use application,” said Cllr Poulsen.