VIDEO: Battle begins to save public toilets in Bingley

Campaigners against closure (from left) Donald Wood, of Bingley and Airedale Rotary, Jackie and Michael Church, Terry Brown, of the Civic Trust, Ros Dawson, of Bingley Community Council Group, and Jag Picknett, of the WI

Campaigners against closure (from left) Donald Wood, of Bingley and Airedale Rotary, Jackie and Michael Church, Terry Brown, of the Civic Trust, Ros Dawson, of Bingley Community Council Group, and Jag Picknett, of the WI

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The battle to save Bingley’s public toilets has begun with the start of an on-line petition against Bradford Council’s cost-cutting decision to close the town centre amenities.

And the move to strip Bingley of the modern loos beside the Arts Centre has been branded another blow to the town as it recovers from the loss of the Bradford and Bingley building society and development delays by Sainsbury’s supermarket.

Terry Brown, of Bingley Civic Trust, is spearheading the campaign and explained the reason for the petition against axeing the toilets – a closure which would save the Council £38,000 a year.

“The toilets which were opened in 2005 are to close in 2015 and in my position as vice-chairman of the trust I have raised a petition on the Council’s own website,” he said..

“It only went live last Friday and we already have 275 signatures.”

He said his group had not been consulted by the Council prior to the decision.

“Essentially we were not made aware this was under consideration and if we get at least 1,500 signatures on the petition this will ensure it is discussed at a full Council meeting,” he said.

“Just as we are trying to pick ourselves up after the blow of losing the Bradford & Bingley HQ and then delays over Sainsbury’s development of that monstrosity, this happens.”

He added that the toilets in front of the swimming pool were only nine years old and closing them would be a waste of the initial money spent on building them.

“Bingley is down on Bradford Council’s list of principal towns for the future and yet they are planning to take away something which is vital for residents and visitors,” Mr Brown said.

Ros Dawson is campaigning to create a new town council for Bingley and said this was an example of why such a body was desperately needed.

“We need to speak up for Bingley – keeping the toilets open is essential.

“Sometimes it feels as if Bradford Council is trying to shut down the town,” Mrs Dawson said.

“Anything it owns in Bingley, it seems to want to close,” she said.

Councillor John Pennington (Con, Bingley) said he was opposed to the closure. “I believe that services like public toilets are the very least we should be offering.

“These are basic amenities and there should be amenities for all.”

The Labour-run Council’s executive member for environment, Councillor Andrew Thornton, said the suggested closure of the toilets had been publicly discussed and detailed in the media.

“There have been many difficult decisions due to the need to make budget savings and this was done through democratic process and clearly outlined in Council meetings, in newspapers and on radio,” said Coun Thornton. However, he said any petitions would be noted and that ongoing discussions were taking place with town and parish councils about the possible future running of the district’s toilets.

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7:23am Tue 29 Apr 14

Tonybaloni says...

Yet another reason for Bingley to get it's town hall back in business. The only thing I use from my rates is the dustman.
Yet another reason for Bingley to get it's town hall back in business. The only thing I use from my rates is the dustman. Tonybaloni
  • Score: 3

10:40am Tue 29 Apr 14

Not so simple says...

Nice place bingley: Bradford council please keep ur hands off it! Thanks
Nice place bingley: Bradford council please keep ur hands off it! Thanks Not so simple
  • Score: 9

11:57am Tue 29 Apr 14

BertSanders says...

Once a Bimgley shopkeeper it was always thought ""the road" would be a business salvation. It does not look like that now in spite of better parking. I hope it is, however. Bingley is a very nice part of Bradford suburbia
Once a Bimgley shopkeeper it was always thought ""the road" would be a business salvation. It does not look like that now in spite of better parking. I hope it is, however. Bingley is a very nice part of Bradford suburbia BertSanders
  • Score: 5

2:00pm Tue 29 Apr 14

The Hoffster says...

Second article about p*iss and poo.

What the hell's going on ??
Second article about p*iss and poo. What the hell's going on ?? The Hoffster
  • Score: -3

2:22pm Tue 29 Apr 14

Inside Information says...

Oh goody goody..another petition...that's bound to make the Council change its mind...NOT
As far as I am aware any group can take over the running of local toilets if they feel that they are a viable proposition..so why don't they do that?
Oh goody goody..another petition...that's bound to make the Council change its mind...NOT As far as I am aware any group can take over the running of local toilets if they feel that they are a viable proposition..so why don't they do that? Inside Information
  • Score: -3

5:18pm Tue 29 Apr 14

RollandSmoke says...

Despite cost cuts imposed by a government that don't give a **** the general public has no option but to every now and again. If it's not being unable to take your rubbish to the dump it's not being able to take a dump yourself. At least someone may find a copy of the T&A useful.
Despite cost cuts imposed by a government that don't give a **** the general public has no option but to every now and again. If it's not being unable to take your rubbish to the dump it's not being able to take a dump yourself. At least someone may find a copy of the T&A useful. RollandSmoke
  • Score: -2

9:20pm Tue 29 Apr 14

schroeder says...

It should read beside the "Arts Centre". There's nothing in Bingley, It's always dead, and there's nothing in the town centre for tourists. So are the loos needed?

Close them and open some less expensive to run amenities in Saltaire or the city centre.
It should read beside the "Arts Centre". There's nothing in Bingley, It's always dead, and there's nothing in the town centre for tourists. So are the loos needed? Close them and open some less expensive to run amenities in Saltaire or the city centre. schroeder
  • Score: -3

9:12am Sun 4 May 14

Tonybaloni says...

I suppose the council considers that with Bingley being close to the giant shithole called Bradford we have enough effluent to deal with.
I suppose the council considers that with Bingley being close to the giant shithole called Bradford we have enough effluent to deal with. Tonybaloni
  • Score: 2

3:13pm Mon 5 May 14

rosesrwhite says...

Inside Information wrote:
Oh goody goody..another petition...that's bound to make the Council change its mind...NOT
As far as I am aware any group can take over the running of local toilets if they feel that they are a viable proposition..so why don't they do that?
Maybe because we already pay the council to do that for us.
[quote][p][bold]Inside Information[/bold] wrote: Oh goody goody..another petition...that's bound to make the Council change its mind...NOT As far as I am aware any group can take over the running of local toilets if they feel that they are a viable proposition..so why don't they do that?[/p][/quote]Maybe because we already pay the council to do that for us. rosesrwhite
  • Score: -1

3:14pm Mon 5 May 14

rosesrwhite says...

schroeder wrote:
It should read beside the "Arts Centre". There's nothing in Bingley, It's always dead, and there's nothing in the town centre for tourists. So are the loos needed?

Close them and open some less expensive to run amenities in Saltaire or the city centre.
Moron.
[quote][p][bold]schroeder[/bold] wrote: It should read beside the "Arts Centre". There's nothing in Bingley, It's always dead, and there's nothing in the town centre for tourists. So are the loos needed? Close them and open some less expensive to run amenities in Saltaire or the city centre.[/p][/quote]Moron. rosesrwhite
  • Score: 1

6:21pm Wed 7 May 14

awasteoftime says...

This is just typical of City Hall all they want out of Bingley is our Council Tax and of course our Local Councillors are just impotent. City Hall wish to spend any funds in the large housing estates in and around the City not in Bingley. What happens to ALL the money that is generated by the Music Festival, this should be put back into Bingley. The sooner we break away from city Hall and get a Town Council the better.
No toilets, no Town Hall no Council shop, no swimming pool, no supermarket even the Aldi is taking for ever maybe City Hall wish to block that as well..
However they WILL WISH to build on our Green Belt !!!!!
This is just typical of City Hall all they want out of Bingley is our Council Tax and of course our Local Councillors are just impotent. City Hall wish to spend any funds in the large housing estates in and around the City not in Bingley. What happens to ALL the money that is generated by the Music Festival, this should be put back into Bingley. The sooner we break away from city Hall and get a Town Council the better. No toilets, no Town Hall no Council shop, no swimming pool, no supermarket even the Aldi is taking for ever maybe City Hall wish to block that as well.. However they WILL WISH to build on our Green Belt !!!!! awasteoftime
  • Score: 2

7:48pm Wed 7 May 14

cockadoodledo says...

Almost 600 signatures now, very well done to everyone involved! No use relying on our Bingley Councillors all a complete waste of time.Vote for a new Councillor on May 22nd vote UKIP a local lady who actually cares about Bingley!
Almost 600 signatures now, very well done to everyone involved! No use relying on our Bingley Councillors all a complete waste of time.Vote for a new Councillor on May 22nd vote UKIP a local lady who actually cares about Bingley! cockadoodledo
  • Score: -1

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