Wakefield Council scrap plans to close cafe at Anglers Country Park

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A country park cafe has been saved after more than a thousand people campaigned to keep it open.

Wakefield Council had announced plans to shut Squire’s Tea Room at Anglers Country Park in May.

And it was expected to be replaced with new seating and picnic areas and sheltered dining facilities.

But more than 1,400 people signed a petition objecting to the cafe’s closure and branded it as “abysmal”.

The council has now done a u-turn on its threat to shut the site and this morning said it had instead extended the facility’s lease.

Council leader Peter Box said: “On a recent trip to Anglers Country Park I paid a visit to the cafe and have seen for myself the value it adds.

“I have also listened to the views expressed by visitors to the park and local councillors, and have spoken directly with the owner Terry Davey.

“I have been convinced by the arguments put forward so have personally instructed officers to extend the lease.

“This will enable us to work with Mr Davey so that together we can develop plans to further improve the country park for all its customers.

“Anglers is an excellent attraction and something we can be very proud of, and I am pleased that Squire’s Tea Rooms will continue to be part of it.”

Campaigner Roz Copley said she was delighted the council had decided to keep the cafe open.

She said: “We are absolutely thrilled. We want to thank Mr Box for listening to the people and making the right decision.

“We can all rest easy now and look forward to visiting the cafe throughout the year.”