Don't shut our village toilets, say Baildon campaigners

Don't shut out village toilets, say Baildon campaigners

Don't shut out village toilets, say Baildon campaigners

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Petitions begging Bradford Council to spare the axe from a children’s centre and from public toilets in Baildon will be presented at a full council meeting.

And councillors are urging concerned parents and residents to attend tomorrow’s meeting of the authority to show their support for the threatened services.

Baildon Councillor Val Townend (Con, Baildon) has submitted both petitions for consideration and will present them to fellow councillors at the meeting, when she will explain the twin campaigns to stop the Sure Start centre being downgraded to an un-staffed ‘Outreach Base’ and to prevent the cost-cutting closure of toilets to save £8,000 a year.

Each petition contains hundreds of signatures.

She said: “There is a real need for the children’s centre to keep functioning as it always has.

“Although it may be seen as a relatively well-off place, there are plenty of people in Baildon and particularly young parents who are really struggling.”

“Last year Baildon had 969 under four-year-olds of which 446 were seen at the town’s Sure Start centre - that's 46 per cent.”

Ralph Berry (Lab, Wibsey), head of children's services, has said changes have to be made due to Government cuts and that running some children’s centres as Outreach Bases from local hubs would reduce overheads.

The petition to save the children’s centre has gathered 398 signatures.

Sweetshop owner Maureen Robinson, 76, who has locked and unlocked Baildon’s Northgate toilets voluntarily for 20 years, has spearheaded the fight to keep them open. She said: “They are very good quality toilets and were refurbished recently at a cost of about £15,000.

“And now Bradford Council are talking about closing them just to save £8,000 a year.”

She printed off her own petition which has received 536 signatures against any closure.

Coun Townend said: “The toilets are essential and there has been tremendous support to save them.

“Older people need them, but also those who are walking off the moors into Baildon.

“And with the Tour de France coming to Yorkshire this year, everywhere, Baildon included, should be able to offer at least the basic facilities for tourists.”

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7:37am Mon 20 Jan 14

RollandSmoke says...

So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program.
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We're all in this together remember?
So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/local/airelocal/1 0943648.Baildon_Town _Council_freezes_its _tax_charge/?ref=arc We're all in this together remember? RollandSmoke
  • Score: 0

10:50am Mon 20 Jan 14

Grumpygirl says...

You would have thought, given the success of the Farmers' Market and other outdoor activities such as the Harley rally, that Baildon Town Council would have taken over the running of the toilets. If it was done locally I'm sure the cleaning and maintenance costs would come to a lot less than the Council's profligate £8000.

The Town Council should also consider the hidden costs of not having public toilets, including those of demolition following the inevitable vandalism of a derelict building.
You would have thought, given the success of the Farmers' Market and other outdoor activities such as the Harley rally, that Baildon Town Council would have taken over the running of the toilets. If it was done locally I'm sure the cleaning and maintenance costs would come to a lot less than the Council's profligate £8000. The Town Council should also consider the hidden costs of not having public toilets, including those of demolition following the inevitable vandalism of a derelict building. Grumpygirl
  • Score: 5

1:25pm Mon 20 Jan 14

David Shaw says...

RollandSmoke wrote:
So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program.
http://www.thetelegr

aphandargus.co.uk/ne

ws/local/airelocal/1

0943648.Baildon_Town

_Council_freezes_its

_tax_charge/?ref=arc


We're all in this together remember?
Val Townend represents Baildon on the City Council, however she isn't part of the Town Council the same as the other 2 Conservative Councillors. Instead of her petitioning, why doesn't she just table a motion as a Councillor she is within her rights to do so?
[quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/local/airelocal/1 0943648.Baildon_Town _Council_freezes_its _tax_charge/?ref=arc We're all in this together remember?[/p][/quote]Val Townend represents Baildon on the City Council, however she isn't part of the Town Council the same as the other 2 Conservative Councillors. Instead of her petitioning, why doesn't she just table a motion as a Councillor she is within her rights to do so? David Shaw
  • Score: 5

11:01pm Thu 23 Jan 14

taleoftruth says...

David Shaw wrote:
RollandSmoke wrote:
So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program.
http://www.thetelegr


aphandargus.co.uk/ne


ws/local/airelocal/1


0943648.Baildon_Town


_Council_freezes_its


_tax_charge/?ref=arc



We're all in this together remember?
Val Townend represents Baildon on the City Council, however she isn't part of the Town Council the same as the other 2 Conservative Councillors. Instead of her petitioning, why doesn't she just table a motion as a Councillor she is within her rights to do so?
I think we both know Cllr Townend has no interest in public loos. All she is interested in is appearing relevant before an election. She has nothing to worry about people in Baildon will vote Tory no matter which oxygen thief is on the ballot paper .
[quote][p][bold]David Shaw[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]RollandSmoke[/bold] wrote: So Baildon town council has promised a freeze in council tax and is now begging for money to keep it's toilets open? Here's a hint for you, stop trying to bribe Baildon residents into voting for Tory scum and you'll be able to keep the facilities for those who are full of... erm, themselves as well as the poor families who Davies recons are getting too much in benefits 'cos he saw a telly program. http://www.thetelegr aphandargus.co.uk/ne ws/local/airelocal/1 0943648.Baildon_Town _Council_freezes_its _tax_charge/?ref=arc We're all in this together remember?[/p][/quote]Val Townend represents Baildon on the City Council, however she isn't part of the Town Council the same as the other 2 Conservative Councillors. Instead of her petitioning, why doesn't she just table a motion as a Councillor she is within her rights to do so?[/p][/quote]I think we both know Cllr Townend has no interest in public loos. All she is interested in is appearing relevant before an election. She has nothing to worry about people in Baildon will vote Tory no matter which oxygen thief is on the ballot paper . taleoftruth
  • Score: 2

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