Rescue plan to save Shipley toilets

Barry Cooper

Barry Cooper

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A rescue plan to save Shipley public toilets is being fine-tuned by traders enraged by Bradford Council’s decision to close the market square block which is used by 45,000 visitors a year.

Toilets in Haworth and Baildon have been given a stay of execution, Shipley and Bingley are set to lose their toilets in 2015 to save £29,000.

But Barry Cooper, chairman of Shipley Town Centre Business Partnership, said its members have vowed to save the toilets and the job of the attendant.

“It is disgusting that the Council is closing a facility people are only ever forced to use by necessity,” said Mr Cooper.

“And it’s a crazy waste of money as they were only refurbished six years ago at a cost of £81,000.”

Mr Cooper, of Perkins Jewellers in the Arndale Shopping Centre in the town centre, said partnership members had also been galvanised by proof of how much the toilets were used.

He said: “We were told the total cost of running them is £38,000 per year and the annual turnstile revenue was £9,000 giving a cost of £29,000.

“At 20p a go, that means they were used by 45,000 people – and that’s according to the Council’s own figures.”

Last December stall holders on Shipley market began a petition against the closures and Mr Perkins said shopkeepers and other businesses would be working with them.

Councillor Martin Love (Shipley Green) said he strongly backed the campaign to save Shipley toilets, saying: “Closing them would have a drastic impact on the town.”

Bradford Council’s executive member for environment Coun Andrew Thornton blamed the decision on the need to meet tough public spending targets imposed by Westminster, but said talks were ongoing.

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11:26am Thu 1 May 14

bunnyson says...

Bradford City Council and its servants seem to be doing their level best to get rid of Shipley Town Centre, full stop. Close toilets which are the modern stainless steel type and, apart from using pubs, are the only relief for some in the centre particularly market stall holders. Allow more supermarkets to build on the edge thus syphoning customers away from a once vibrant centre, it seems to be closure by attrition without contrition hoping for submission.
Bradford City Council and its servants seem to be doing their level best to get rid of Shipley Town Centre, full stop. Close toilets which are the modern stainless steel type and, apart from using pubs, are the only relief for some in the centre particularly market stall holders. Allow more supermarkets to build on the edge thus syphoning customers away from a once vibrant centre, it seems to be closure by attrition without contrition hoping for submission. bunnyson
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11:46am Thu 1 May 14

Albion. says...

They always look busy (or is it bizzy?) to me.
They always look busy (or is it bizzy?) to me. Albion.
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2:59pm Thu 1 May 14

pendlpoo says...

Its all very well closing toilets to save money but how much money will be lost by the traders because people wont feel that they can take their time to browse around in Bingley and Shipley
Its all very well closing toilets to save money but how much money will be lost by the traders because people wont feel that they can take their time to browse around in Bingley and Shipley pendlpoo
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3:35pm Thu 1 May 14

knox615 says...

They should get Christa Ackroyd onto it. She seems to be good with Toilet issues these days..
They should get Christa Ackroyd onto it. She seems to be good with Toilet issues these days.. knox615
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5:29pm Thu 1 May 14

Bradfordian1 says...

Shame that the same amount of enthusiasm wasn't shown for saving the towns fire station from closing down!
Maybe when there's a house fire the water from these toilets will be put to good use?
Shame that the same amount of enthusiasm wasn't shown for saving the towns fire station from closing down! Maybe when there's a house fire the water from these toilets will be put to good use? Bradfordian1
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5:48pm Thu 1 May 14

The Hoffster says...

You know, if certain people took a dump before they leave the house, we wouldn't be having these kind of problems in the first place.

What say you ?
You know, if certain people took a dump before they leave the house, we wouldn't be having these kind of problems in the first place. What say you ? The Hoffster
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7:06pm Thu 1 May 14

RollandSmoke says...

Come on politicians we're not all as anally retentive as you. Anyone get the feeling that once these toilets have closed down for a few weeks and the attendants lose their jobs it will only be a few more weeks before they are opened up again with slave labour from the new £300m "help to work" scheme run by the highly incompetent G4S?
Come on politicians we're not all as anally retentive as you. Anyone get the feeling that once these toilets have closed down for a few weeks and the attendants lose their jobs it will only be a few more weeks before they are opened up again with slave labour from the new £300m "help to work" scheme run by the highly incompetent G4S? RollandSmoke
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8:29pm Thu 1 May 14

RollandSmoke says...

Another example of where a copy of the T&A may come in useful. You sure you're not in on this T&A?
Another example of where a copy of the T&A may come in useful. You sure you're not in on this T&A? RollandSmoke
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8:14am Fri 23 May 14

Mr shipley says...

The online petition is here, please sign and share http://epetition.bra
dford.public-i.tv/ep
etition_core/communi
ty/petition/2739
The online petition is here, please sign and share http://epetition.bra dford.public-i.tv/ep etition_core/communi ty/petition/2739 Mr shipley
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