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Public toilets in Haworth given £130k refurbishment

Monday, 26 June 2023 22:07

By Chris Young, Local Democracy Reporter

A £130,000 scheme to refurbish and re-open Haworth's public toilets has been completed.

Work to modernise the West Lane toilets in the village has been funded through the Keighley Towns Fund.

A modern toilet block was built in Haworth Park in the early 2000s but the West Lane conveniences, near the Bronte Parsonage Museum, required investment to bring them up-to-date.

This year alone more than 7,000 people used both sets of public toilets in Haworth.

Bradford Council decided to close the toilets in 2018, and Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council took over the conveniences.

However, the Parish Council had said investment was needed in the toilets for them to be brought up to standards.

The Keighley Towns Fund was a £33m pot of cash awarded to Keighley for a variety of regeneration works across the Constituency.

Bradford Council’s Executive for Regeneration, Planning and Transport, Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, said: “We’re pleased to have been able to secure this funding for the public toilets in Haworth through the hard work of the Towns Fund Board and Haworth, Crossroads and Stanbury Parish Council, who have delivered an excellent scheme that I am sure will be appreciated by residents and visitors to Haworth for many years to come.”

Keighley Towns Fund Chair Ian Hayfield added: “The improvements mean the toilets are now more hygienic through fitting touch-less flushing toilets and taps.”

Haworth attracts more than 320,000 tourists every year.

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