Fresh look at providing new bus station toilets

MORE options have been drawn up by Calderdale Council to provide toilets at Brighouse Bus Station.

A meeting has been held between the council and Metro to discuss the problem about the lack of toilet facilities at the station.

But when it was meant to be discussed at the council’s Capital Working Group the topic was not included on the agenda.

Councillor Colin Stout (Ind, Brighouse) said he was annoyed that the item was not included which prevented any opportunity to discuss the various options.

“The officer involved had been to a meeting but then went on holiday before completing the report. The report detailed various options which are available,” he said.

“The first is putting the toilets in the bus station, the second is looking at a toilet pod, which is similar to a portable toilet, and the third is re-signing to the Thornton Square ones. The latter I have already ruled out because they close at 6pm.

“The last option is Metro, allowing us, the council, to build the toilets at our cost and allowing us to maintain them.

“If the option is not acceptable we re-establish the toilets in the present position re-using the stone and any materials that we can to create a disabled and a uni-sex toilet or women and men toilets at a small cost of 20p.

“We will be asking the cabinet to find the money out of the capital programme or find the money from reserves because I think it is something the town which is so popular and well visited as Brighouse is should have. A lot of people use the bus to come to Brighouse.

“I am going to give the council a month to come back to me and if I don’t have a result I will pursue the capital programme.”

The toilet block in Ganny Road was closed in 2001 and since then people have been campaigning to get some toilets back.

A 750 named petition was handed over to Council leader, Coun Janet Battye, but it all came down to expense. The council received estimated in 2008, saying it would cost between £132,000 and £280,000 to re-establish the block.

In September last year Councillor Barry Collins, the council’s spokesman for economy and environment, said all previous costs and designs of the toilet block were irrelevant and he wanted to take it back to the drawing board and start from scratch.

“We should start from scratch and not be bound by previous stats and costs to try and find what the best solution is to a real local problem,” he said at the time.