Hundreds back plea for toilets

Councillor Colin Stout hands over a petition to reopen the Brighouse Bus Station toilets to Councillor Janet Battye.
Councillor Colin Stout hands over a petition to reopen the Brighouse Bus Station toilets to Councillor Janet Battye.

A PETITION signed by more than 750 people to reopen or replace a toilet block at Brighouse bus station has been handed in to councillors.

Brighouse councillors took to the streets last week collecting signatures to show the strength of feeling in the town about the toilet block which was closed in 2001 in Ganny Road.

“We had a fantastic response from people throughout the town centre,” said Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse). “We had no objections from people wanting to sign and we even had people trying to sign while they were getting on the bus.

“I handed the petition and I tried to make the point that it was handed in with all three ward councillors support. But what I don’t understand is how the council can find £120,000 for a new PA system for the Shay in Halifax but how they can’t find a small amount to put a WC at the bus station.”

According to the council, the cheapest option for upgrading the disused toilet block, would be around £132,000.

It has also been revealed that the cost of putting a coin operated lock on each toilet door will cost around £3,500 each, a total of £17,500 for five locks.

The figure was revealed to Coun Stout in his response from the council’s spokesman for economy and environment, Councillor Barry Collins, after he asked about the cost of installing a new toilet block during the council’s question time.

“What I am finding is that the council would rather use the companies it has on its preferred list of builders and suppliers. We need to look out of this closed club that the council seems to use because they seem to be getting ripped off,” he said.

“I also asked why my response didn’t say a yes or a no about replacing the toilets and I was told it was because I asked about the cost during the last question time. But when I asked can we have some toilets the answer was pretty much no and it came back to the costing,” said Coun Stout.

“It’s an important issue for the area, myself and the other two ward councillors will keep fighting.”