Campaign launched for better toilet facilities in Lister Park

Liz Boothman, pictured at the Lister Park run this weekend

Liz Boothman, pictured at the Lister Park run this weekend

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

A petition to ensure hundreds of early-morning runners in Lister Park, Bradford, are able to spend a penny is gathering pace.

Liz Boothman, who regularly takes part in the 5k Parkrun on Saturday mornings, has petitioned Bradford Council over the lack of public toilets at the award-winning park.

There are toilets in the museum and boat house cafe – but these are only open from 11am at the earliest on weekends.

In addition there is a public block a the Oak Lane entrance to the park, but it has been closed down due to vandalism, leaving runners out in the cold.

Mrs Boothman told the Telegraph & Argus: “I started my petition for toilets in Lister Park as they are currently unavailable until 11am at the earliest on Saturdays.

“More than 300 park runners turn up each Saturday at 9am and have nowhere to go. Other park users, especially those with young children and those who use the courts, are also in need of facilities.”

She said desperate runners have resorted to using the bushes, but are hoping the Council will take action to provide the facilities.

The online petition will run until June 8. It can be found at bradford.gov.uk/bmdc/consultations/epetitions.

A Bradford Council spokesman said: 2The toilets inside the Oak Lane entrance to Lister Park are free and are open daily from 8.30am from April to October. They have been closed due to vandalism but are now back in use.”

But Mrs Boothman said her petition would still run, as while this would help runners this summer it was not a permanent solution.

Parkrun organises free, weekly, 5k timed runs around the world.

They are open to everyone with people of every ability encouraged to take part. The Bradford run in Lister Park celebrated its fourth anniversary at the weekend.

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9:07am Mon 21 Apr 14

cityofdreams says...

toilet by day bodegas by night !! excellent venue for the sale of narcotics in a up market thriving part of the city !
toilet by day bodegas by night !! excellent venue for the sale of narcotics in a up market thriving part of the city ! cityofdreams
  • Score: 4

10:06am Mon 21 Apr 14

Baildon girl says...

I can totally appreciate the frustration when you cant find a public toilet, especially with children think weve all been there at some point.

However think i would rather go in a bush than use public toilets in that park, can just imagine it now if the people who hang around the entrance gates are anything to go by. Hate been so negative but ive had the pleasure of walking past a group of them with my children and its put me off going back to that park at all.

Can only see permanent toilets in that location working under supervision but i cant see council funding that especially when there has been so much talk of closing other public toilets down
I can totally appreciate the frustration when you cant find a public toilet, especially with children think weve all been there at some point. However think i would rather go in a bush than use public toilets in that park, can just imagine it now if the people who hang around the entrance gates are anything to go by. Hate been so negative but ive had the pleasure of walking past a group of them with my children and its put me off going back to that park at all. Can only see permanent toilets in that location working under supervision but i cant see council funding that especially when there has been so much talk of closing other public toilets down Baildon girl
  • Score: 10

10:22am Mon 21 Apr 14

RNJT1970 says...

They should think themselves lucky. BMDC are closing public toilets down, apart from those in tourist hot spots.
They should think themselves lucky. BMDC are closing public toilets down, apart from those in tourist hot spots. RNJT1970
  • Score: 4

11:34am Mon 21 Apr 14

They only do damage! says...

There has been enough money spent on this park already. The only time its safe for the indigenous is first thing in a morning!. Please put the money into a park that is safe.
There has been enough money spent on this park already. The only time its safe for the indigenous is first thing in a morning!. Please put the money into a park that is safe. They only do damage!
  • Score: 9

12:23pm Mon 21 Apr 14

northern pig says...

Toilets!!!!! I would settle for having the grass cut in my local park,it's a disgrace. why should Lister Park get preference.I live in apart of bradford where the majority of people work.Thus pay their share of council tax.The only part of our park that is looked after are the bowling greens, that's not right!.
Toilets!!!!! I would settle for having the grass cut in my local park,it's a disgrace. why should Lister Park get preference.I live in apart of bradford where the majority of people work.Thus pay their share of council tax.The only part of our park that is looked after are the bowling greens, that's not right!. northern pig
  • Score: 7

1:24pm Mon 21 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

.... runners have resorted to using the bushes...


Savages.
[quote].... runners have resorted to using the bushes... [/quote] Savages. The Hoffster
  • Score: -5

1:53pm Mon 21 Apr 14

damraf says...

Why should Bradford council provide toilets that get vandalised and graffitied when they cannot even afford to keep the toilets in Shipley Bingley town centres open
Why should Bradford council provide toilets that get vandalised and graffitied when they cannot even afford to keep the toilets in Shipley Bingley town centres open damraf
  • Score: 7

8:44pm Mon 21 Apr 14

K.Y.E. says...

Having walked through the park twice a day for over a decade, I have to say that the park is safe. I have never encountered any worrying behaviour.

I take part in Parkrun and it is a shame that the toilets aren't open for the hundreds of runners, the spectators and the many other people walking in the park on a Saturday morning. Opening the cafe early could be an optiom, although that might affect Nick the frothy coffee guy's coffee van business.

If you haven't seen / taken part in Parkrun, you should have a look at their website, Parkrun is a pretty inspirational movement.
Having walked through the park twice a day for over a decade, I have to say that the park is safe. I have never encountered any worrying behaviour. I take part in Parkrun and it is a shame that the toilets aren't open for the hundreds of runners, the spectators and the many other people walking in the park on a Saturday morning. Opening the cafe early could be an optiom, although that might affect Nick the frothy coffee guy's coffee van business. If you haven't seen / taken part in Parkrun, you should have a look at their website, Parkrun is a pretty inspirational movement. K.Y.E.
  • Score: 0

9:36pm Mon 21 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Look, it's quite simple:

If the runners had any sense, they'd do their 'thing' *BEFORE* taking part in the run.

Not very bright are they ?
Look, it's quite simple: If the runners had any sense, they'd do their 'thing' *BEFORE* taking part in the run. Not very bright are they ? The Hoffster
  • Score: -5

9:55pm Mon 21 Apr 14

cityofdreams says...

The Hoffster wrote:
Look, it's quite simple:

If the runners had any sense, they'd do their 'thing' *BEFORE* taking part in the run.

Not very bright are they ?
hope u **** and crap ya kegs ! ! and thats not islamaphobic before ya start ya usual rants !!
[quote][p][bold]The Hoffster[/bold] wrote: Look, it's quite simple: If the runners had any sense, they'd do their 'thing' *BEFORE* taking part in the run. Not very bright are they ?[/p][/quote]hope u **** and crap ya kegs ! ! and thats not islamaphobic before ya start ya usual rants !! cityofdreams
  • Score: 4

5:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Footpather says...

I think the Bowling Pavilion people are missing a trick or two here. There are over 300 people using the park run every Saturday morning but there are their families and friends who come to support as well. At 10am the Disabled Cycling Group start using the park . The Pavilion could be used for cakes and bacon butties etc before and after the run and make a small charge for the loo (5p?) to cover any costs. Everyone wins.
I think the Bowling Pavilion people are missing a trick or two here. There are over 300 people using the park run every Saturday morning but there are their families and friends who come to support as well. At 10am the Disabled Cycling Group start using the park . The Pavilion could be used for cakes and bacon butties etc before and after the run and make a small charge for the loo (5p?) to cover any costs. Everyone wins. Footpather
  • Score: 0

5:14pm Thu 24 Apr 14

Footpather says...

I think the Bowling Pavilion people are missing a trick or two here. There are over 300 people using the park run every Saturday morning but there are their families and friends who come to support as well. At 10am the Disabled Cycling Group start using the park . That's apart from all the other users. The Pavilion could be used for cakes and bacon butties etc before and after the run and make a small charge for the loo (5p?) to cover any costs. Everyone wins.
I think the Bowling Pavilion people are missing a trick or two here. There are over 300 people using the park run every Saturday morning but there are their families and friends who come to support as well. At 10am the Disabled Cycling Group start using the park . That's apart from all the other users. The Pavilion could be used for cakes and bacon butties etc before and after the run and make a small charge for the loo (5p?) to cover any costs. Everyone wins. Footpather
  • Score: 0

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