Heckmondwike public toilets set to close

public toilets in heckmondwike
public toilets in heckmondwike

PUBLIC toilets in Heckmondwike are set to close in a bid to save money.

Kirklees Council has proposed the closure of the unmanned toilets off Oldfield Lane in Heckmondwike, as well as other unmanned public toilets in Batley, Birstall and Mirfield.

The move would save the council £53,000 a year.

Manned toilets in Dewsbury and in Cleckheaton market would stay open.

Heckmondwike Chamber of Trade president Howard Cook said: “We know we are all having to save money but it seems a shame when we are having to shut toilets to save money.

“I would love to see them kept open but this is austerity working.

“I think it is a facility the town needs and it is nice to keep them but at the moment we are all having to cut back and I do understand both sides.

“As much as I would like to keep them I can still understand where we are at.

“I don’t particularly agree and it is a shame but I do understand the position the council is in.”

A Kirklees Council spokesman said: “We are exploring the possibility of closing down unattended public toilets as this would allow us to protect the budgets of other services, but no decisions have been made and the matter is due for further discussion.”

l What do you think? Does Heckmondwike need public toilets? Or can the town manage without them?

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