Toilets? They’re a basic human right, say Shipley Market campaigners (From Bradford Telegraph and Argus)
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Toilets? They’re a basic human right, say Shipley Market campaigners
Market traders campaigning to stop the closure of public toilets say shutting them would be “taking away a basic human right.”
Three Shipley traders have drawn-up a petition which they hope colleagues, shop workers and customers will sign in a bid to stop initial budget proposals being voted through next year.
In October, Bradford Council leader David Green announced the authority had to slash £89 million from its budget, lose 700 jobs and strip front-line services amid Government cash cuts.
The toilets in Shipley are next to the town’s market, which is open three days a week. Traders say they have been unofficially told that they will have to approach shop-owners or go to Asda to use the toilet.
Margaret Tucker, Amanda Lodge and Gayle Rodgers are now circulating a petition calling on the Council not to close the facilities.
It says: “not only do we feel it’s taking away a basic human right, but we feel it would have a massive impact on the foot fall in the heart of Shipley.”
Mrs Tucker said: “All town centres need toilets. We really rely on them. Every time you go in there’s always someone in.” Gordon Peel has worked on a fruit and veg stall on Shipley market for 39 years and said the toilets closing would be “another nail in the coffin” for the town.
John Priestley, who has runs a CD stall and has worked on the market for about 30 years added: “The person who thought up this idea probably sits in an office with all the facilities.”
Mohinder Birdi has run a fashion stall for six years on the market. He said: “Surely the Council has got to provide toilets for the traders?”
Councillor Andrew Thornton, the Council’s executive member for environment, sport and sustainability, said: “The unfair and disproportionate Government cuts imposed on Bradford Council mean that reductions in frontline services are unavoidable but we have sought to mitigate these impacts.”
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