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Toilet decision goes downthe pan

A newspaper’s call to re-open public toilets in Calderdale has won support from the local council – which had reversed its decision to slash the facilities.

The Halifax Courier campaign was backed from the National Trust, walkers and local traders.

In March the council decided to cut 23 conveniences, leaving only eight open in what is a key area for tourism.

Now the authority has agreed to re-opening seven of the 23 which had been earmarked for closure. The Evening Courier is still leading the call to save the rest.

Toilets at top attractions in the area are still set to close and it is causing concern to people who work in the local tourism industry.

Penny Webb, of the National Trust, said: “People coming to Hardcastle Crags are going to be a little stuck.”

Alan Gaskell, from Calderdale Ramblers’ Association, said: “We quite often arrange our rambles around public toilets so we can stop off and use the facility.”

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