700 people clamouring for a toilet at new bus station

PRESSURE is being maintained on Calderdale Council to reopen or replace a toilet block to serve the new Brighouse bus station.

More than 700 people have signed a petition organised by town councillor Colin Stout, which was handed in to council leader Janet Battye (Lib-Dem, Calder).

Councillor Stout (Ind) said that if the authority could afford to spend £120,000 on a tannoy system at the Shay stadium, it should be able to afford to restore the old toilet block in Ganny Road, which closed in 2001.

According to the council, the cheapest option for upgrading the disused toilet block, which is now in a poor condition, would be around £132,000 and replacing it could cost as much as £300,000.

Rather than pay to restore it, the council’s recommendation is to demolish it at a cost of £10,000.

The toilet block is still connected to the sewage system, has electricity and a water supply, and people would be prepared to pay between 20p and 30p to use it, said Coun Stout.

Councillor Scott Benton, (Con Brighouse) has backed the toilet plan.

“To build a brand new bus station without toilet facilities is quite silly really,” he said.