Batley’s former public toilets could be sold off to a retailer, plans have revealed.
Kirklees Council has applied for planning permission to change the use of the closed toilets in the market square to retail space.
Agent Geoffrey Fox, who works for Kirklees, confirmed that the council hoped to sell off the building to a business.
The news shocked campaigner Pat Crisp, who has collected around 3,000 signatures in her fight to have the toilets reopened.
The Batley Business and Retail Association (BBRA), Birstall Chamber of Trade and Heckmondwike Business Alliance are working together to secure the future of the facilities in their respective towns and villages.
Mrs Crisp said: “I’m totally gobsmacked.
“I wouldn’t have thought the council would be so underhanded to do something like that when the people of Batley are up in arms about the closure.
“Of course we’ll keep fighting.”
She said copies of the petition to reopen the toilets will be available at next weekend’s Batley Festival.
BBRA chairman Andrew Marsden said he was very disappointed to hear about the application.
“We are hoping that we can somehow rescue and resurrect the toilets still,” he said.
People can comment on the application until September 27 via the council website.