The battle to save public toilets in Batley and Birstall had mixed fortunes this week as some campaigners celebrated while others vowed to keep on fighting.
Birstall’s public toilets have been saved for another year after ward councillors announced plans to use area committee funding to keep them open throughout 2014.
Coun Andrew Palfreeman (Con) told last Wednesday’s Birstall and Birkenshaw Ward Forum that support beyond the end of next year could not be guaranteed, but community groups now had more time to find a long-term solution.
In a statement from the three ward councillors (Coun Palfreeman, Coun Liz Smaje (Con) and Coun Robert Light (Con)) said: “We support the local opposition to the permanent closure of the public toilets in Birstall.”
But as reported in last week’s News, the toilets in Batley’s market place could become a shop after Kirklees Council submitted plans to convert the building into a retail space earlier this month.
Batley campaigners are continuing their fight for the facilities, with an new action group of Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood, Batley Business Association (BBA) chairman Andrew Marsden, campaigner Pat Crisp and Batley East councillor Amanda Stubley (Lab) formed last Wednesday.
Mrs Crisp said: “Whilst we can’t promise that we will be able to re-open the toilets, we can promise that we will do everything we can to make that happen.”
She urged people to make their feelings known to the planning committee about changing the toilet building into retail space.
Mr Woood said he was hopeful the neccessary funding could be secured to reopen the toilets and said Kirklees Council had agreed to give the action group time to make serious attempts to bring them back into use.