More anger over Mirfield loo closure

MAYOR of Mirfield David Pinder has blasted Kirklees Council over controversial plans to close public toilets later this month.

The Tory town council chief, like many, believed the loos, near the library in Huddersfield Road, were given a 12-month stay of execution in December.

Kirklees though claim their assurance only meant the building would not be sold off until around Christmas 2013.

The authority insist they always intended to close the toilets on March 31, which Coun Pinder believes was never made clear.

He said: “It’s entirely without logic and seems to only emphasise that Kirklees live on a different planet to normal people.

“They’ve got a different vocabulary and mindset to the rest of us. To me keeping them on for a further 12 months meant exactly that.

“There’s no way, in my dictionary, that you can interpret that as meaning as closing them but just not selling them off for a year.”

He added the closure also effectively denies disabled visitors to the library, which has no toilets of its own, use of such facilities.

A petition was launched on Tuesday while Coun Pinder is also due to meet with Kirklees officials in a bid to save the toilets.

A council spokesman said: “The proposal to close unattended toilets was put forward during the budget process in early 2012.

“At the time a transition budget was allocated while the possibility of other groups running public toilets was investigated.

“This ran out at the end of July 2012, but councillors at a cabinet meeting in December agreed the toilets should stay open until April 1. This was to enable negotiations to continue with groups interested in running the public toilets.

“The council would be happy to discuss terms with any organisation wanting to take on responsibility for the toilets.

“But this will include the upkeep and cost of running the building.”

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