A village society is asking for public support over plan to run toilets and tourist information kiosk, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
Saltaire Village Society in Sailtaire, near Bradford, says it is cautiously optimistic it will re-open a toilet block partly as a volunteer-run tourist information centre after receiving public support.
Bradford Council has proposed to shut the Saltaire Visitor Information Centre and the toilets at the village’s Caroline Street car park. The toilets are due to close on March 31 next year.
The local authority has to save £172,000 from its tourism budget in the coming year and has placed the future of its four visitor information centres across the district under review. Consultants have recommended closing the offices in Haworth, Saltaire and Ilkley, and only retaining the one in Bradford city centre.
The society is still gauging public interest for its plans to take on the running of the toilets, converting it into a combined public lavatories and tourist kiosk. Itself and other groups including Shipley College, Salt Foundation and Saltaire Stories have held talks with the Council about the society taking on the site.
The Council would lease the toilet block to the society under a Community Asset Transfer, on a peppercorn rent for a minimum of 25 years.
The society and other groups plan to apply for grants to bodies, including the Heritage Lottery Fund, to fund an estimated £8,000 worth of repairs and support the delivery of the volunteer-run service.
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