Oakwell centre shuts due to council cuts

THE Countryside Centre at Oakwell Country Park in Birstall will close on Monday.

Kirklees Council has announced it can no longer staff the centre due to budget cuts.

The toilets in the building will be available at weekends, with alternative facilities in the courtyard at the top of the park.

Coun Graham Turner, Cabinet member for resources, said: “We are sorry to have to close the centre. It was a difficult decision but I am sure everyone can appreciate the need to prioritise our resources.

“We are starting the process of seeking an alternative operator to continue to provide a great service for visitors.”

New summer opening times have also been announced.

Starting on Monday (April 24), Oakwell Hall visitor centre will be open from 10am-5pm every day.

The hall will be open Saturday and Sunday each week and Tuesday to Thursday during school holidays  (noon-4pm).

It will be available for pre-booked adult group and school visits and wedding ceremonies.

Bagshaw Museum in Batley and Huddersfield’s Tolson Museum will open Tuesday to Thursday from 11am-5pm, and Saturday and Sunday from noon-5pm.

There will be special opening times at all sites on some bank holidays and during school holidays.

Coun Turner added: “The new opening times in our museums and galleries have been designed to more efficiently meet the needs of the many visitors we welcome each year.

“By only opening at times when most people want to visit, we can concentrate our resources on delivering a service for the future and finding new ways to share our culture and history with local people and visitors.”

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