Cllr Huxley added that two members of the parish council were due to report back from the consultation in Haworth on Tuesday. Matt Stroh, chairman of the Keighley and Worth Valley Railway, said it was important Bradford Council retained a physical presence in Haworth to help visitors, even if it was not as extensive as the current information centre. He suggested staff explored new ways of meeting the needs of many tourists who preferred to seek information before they set out from home. He said: “I’d like there to be investment in tourism in Haworth. I appreciate the centres may have to change their focus to meet the needs of people nowadays, but I don’t think closure is the answer. “I think Haworth would suffer greatly if there wasn’t some kind of physical hub for information and activity.” Haworth Main Street trader Mike Hutchinson, who owns a bed and breakfast, said it was "ridiculous" to even consider axing the village's only tourist information centre.
"Don't they know Haworth is a tourist area bringing revenue to the whole area?
"As with a lot of other things, Bradford will go in years to come, 'Oops we shouldn't have done that.' A lot of these facilities are used by locals and visitors alike." keighleynews