Toilets? They’re a basic human right, say Shipley Market campaigners

Bradford Telegraph and Argus: VIEW: Margaret Tucker and Gayle Rodgers with Shipley Market traders VIEW: Margaret Tucker and Gayle Rodgers with Shipley Market traders

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.

Suggested cutbacks include closing all public toilets, except those in “high traffic tourist areas” such as City Park, Saltaire and Ilkley.

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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8:25am Mon 2 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Thought one had to pay to use the Market Toilets in Shipley I do not call that public.
So people already went to Asda.
Thought one had to pay to use the Market Toilets in Shipley I do not call that public. So people already went to Asda. Joedavid

9:14am Mon 2 Dec 13

Baildon girl says...

Just think its discusting, so where do they expect us to go all the way upto ASDA? What about the elderly and young children who are out shopping? Well tell you now if 1 of mine get caught short theyll be doing it in the nearest bush....

They charge 20p per person for the privelage aswell. Remember a few years ago taking my little 1 to the toilet payed for myself and pushed him under the barrier he did a runner before i had chance to go toilet myself so went back out to get him, the toilet arttendant saw me trying to get back in and made me pay anotyher 20p grrrr
Just think its discusting, so where do they expect us to go all the way upto ASDA? What about the elderly and young children who are out shopping? Well tell you now if 1 of mine get caught short theyll be doing it in the nearest bush.... They charge 20p per person for the privelage aswell. Remember a few years ago taking my little 1 to the toilet payed for myself and pushed him under the barrier he did a runner before i had chance to go toilet myself so went back out to get him, the toilet arttendant saw me trying to get back in and made me pay anotyher 20p grrrr Baildon girl

9:21am Mon 2 Dec 13

buffetlegs says...

People change buses there as well. They won't have time to go up to Asda.
People change buses there as well. They won't have time to go up to Asda. buffetlegs

9:48am Mon 2 Dec 13

Joedavid says...

Free toilets in Bradford market why not free in Shipley?
Free toilets in Bradford market why not free in Shipley? Joedavid

9:48am Mon 2 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

Our new influx of European residents know what to do, the do it up the side of a tree, or lamp post, or for anything more strenuous would find a shop door way.
Our new influx of European residents know what to do, the do it up the side of a tree, or lamp post, or for anything more strenuous would find a shop door way. alive and awake

10:20am Mon 2 Dec 13

ertnec says...

There should be a charge on all Toilets and then hopefully everyone should be treated fairly and hopefully there would be alot cleaner, I've used the toilets in shipley and there a disgrace and stink. Everything has a cost but who in the end pays us at 20p a time or more on the Council Rates every year ?
There should be a charge on all Toilets and then hopefully everyone should be treated fairly and hopefully there would be alot cleaner, I've used the toilets in shipley and there a disgrace and stink. Everything has a cost but who in the end pays us at 20p a time or more on the Council Rates every year ? ertnec

10:43am Mon 2 Dec 13

Albion. says...

alive and awake wrote:
Our new influx of European residents know what to do, the do it up the side of a tree, or lamp post, or for anything more strenuous would find a shop door way.
Some of the men are as bad!
[quote][p][bold]alive and awake[/bold] wrote: Our new influx of European residents know what to do, the do it up the side of a tree, or lamp post, or for anything more strenuous would find a shop door way.[/p][/quote]Some of the men are as bad! Albion.

10:44am Mon 2 Dec 13

Albion. says...

Why not have one of those kiosk things, like at Forster Square?
Why not have one of those kiosk things, like at Forster Square? Albion.

10:50am Mon 2 Dec 13

RNJT1970 says...

Perhaps if BMDC maintained assets as they should, they would not be closing them down, selling them off and running massive debts up!
Perhaps if BMDC maintained assets as they should, they would not be closing them down, selling them off and running massive debts up! RNJT1970

4:31pm Mon 2 Dec 13

mad matt says...

This is what happens when central government make the cuts and then force the various councils to face the flak.
It's about time that we had a total change in Westminster!
This is what happens when central government make the cuts and then force the various councils to face the flak. It's about time that we had a total change in Westminster! mad matt

9:48pm Mon 2 Dec 13

alive and awake says...

mad matt wrote:
This is what happens when central government make the cuts and then force the various councils to face the flak.
It's about time that we had a total change in Westminster!
what go back to Billy Liar and his gang, good name mad matt.
[quote][p][bold]mad matt[/bold] wrote: This is what happens when central government make the cuts and then force the various councils to face the flak. It's about time that we had a total change in Westminster![/p][/quote]what go back to Billy Liar and his gang, good name mad matt. alive and awake

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