Backing for Jason in Batley toilets row

READERS have backed a man with a medical condition who was told he could not use Batley’s town hall toilets.

The Press reported last week how Jason Church, 44, had to go behind the Market Place building to avoid wetting himself.

He was born with a weak bladder and used the public toilets next door until they were axed to save money.

Officials told him the town hall loos are only for the public when events are on, while the nearby library was shut for repairs.

Mr Church was left feeling ashamed at having to go against a wall outside and disgusted at his treatment.

Urology patient Norman Taylor, of Station Lane, Heckmondwike, condemned the town hall officials and said: “What they did was wrong.

“And if the public toilets are to stay closed, then the council need to provide an alternative. If they don’t, then that’s also wrong.”

Mr Taylor, 65, added he has a certificate from Dewsbury District Hospital’s urology department which has helped.

The retired former plumber has been a patient there for seven years. His certificate proves he has a medically diagnosed condition.

A Kirklees Council spokesman said the town hall and library toilets can be used by the public only in emergencies.

She said: “These toilets are there for residents who are using the facilities of both those buildings.

“Staff will support customers who need to use the toilets in an emergency, and they have been advised of this.

“However, it is not intended that these loos are to replace the public toilets, which were closed as a result of cuts in the council’s budget.”

Meanwhile, other readers have pointed out those with problems like Mr Church can apply for a Just Can’t Wait card.

Issued by the Bladder and Bowel Foundation, it can be shown as proof that the cardholder needs toilet access for medical reasons.

For more details see www.bladderandbowellfoundation.com or call their helpline on 0845 345 0165.

Share this post