Joy as Haworth, Baildon and Ilkley public loos are saved in budget plans

Haworth residents and business leaders during their campaign to save the village’s public toilets, which they now look to have now won

Haworth residents and business leaders during their campaign to save the village’s public toilets, which they now look to have now won

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Campaigners fighting to save public toilets in Haworth, Baildon and Ilkley said they are delighted by budget revisions which look set to spare them from the axe.

Former television presenter Christa Ackroyd was part of the campaign to keep Haworth’s Central car park toilets open.

She said: “This has been a real victory for people power and something the Brontes – and Patrick in particular – would approve.

“We’re all well aware of difficult decisions having to be made and I would thank Bradford Council for a commonsense decision made after listening to people.”

Councillor Andrew Thornton, the executive member for environment, sport and sustainability said yesterday how well-presented petitions and organised opposition to the plan had been a key factor.

He said: “I’ve been impressed by the petitions and constructive attitude shown by parish councils.”

Household Waste Recycling Centres are also set to stay open seven days per week.

Coun Thornton said: “We have been working hard to find other savings and other ways to mitigate the impact on services.

“As a result we are now able to withdraw the proposal for mid-week closures and reduced opening hours at Household waste sites.”

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