NEW hope has emerged that Keighley’s threatened tip could be saved.

Bradford Council officers are being asked to look at potential alternatives to the proposed closure.

Widespread anger was sparked when the council announced plans to shut the household waste recycling centre, in Royd Ings Avenue, as part of its budget proposals.

The issue was discussed at a council executive meeting today (January 31), which heard that 823 responses had been received regarding the proposal during the budget public consultation period.

Councillor Sarah Ferriby, executive member for healthy people and places, said the council was listening to Keighley residents’ concerns.

She added: “Government cuts over the past 12 years have taken out £310m from our budget, leaving us, like other councils, in an extremely difficult position.

“I completely understand that residents are sick and tired of cuts and so are we, which is why we continue to lobby the Government for sustainable funding. I assure the people of Keighley that their views are being heard as we task officers with looking at whatever alternatives may be possible.”

Keighley Central councillor Mohsin Hussain said: “I would like to thank residents of Keighley and the surrounding areas who have put their views forward.”