Fight on to bring back public loos

Heckmondwike public toilets.
Heckmondwike public toilets.
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The fight has begun to reopen public toilets in Heckmondwike.

Following the news that government funding could be available to allow community groups to run the facilities, campaigners have been working hard to rouse support for the plans.

Groups in Batley and Birstall have also been campaigning, and a petition calling for public toilets to be reopened in each area has collected more than 2,500 signatures.

Batley and Spen MP Mike Wood has pledged to work with community groups in a joint application for funding for the toilets. Simon Thirkill, chairman of Heckmondwike Business Alliance, is leading the campaign in the town.

He said: “It would be nice to see the toilets open in Heckmondwike if at all possible.

“We are waiting to find out from Mike Wood if there is funding available, and if there is, we will sit down with ward councillors and see where we can go from there.

“We have discussed the issue with groups in Birstall and Batley and we are trying to support each other where we can.”

The petition can be signed at the Blue Moon Cafe in Heckmondwike, or at the Corner Cafe in Batley.