Councillors bid to gauge demand for threatened Worth Valley public toilets

Councillors bid to gauge demand for threatened Worth Valley public toilets

Councillor Gary Swallow outside the toilets next to Cross Roads Park, which are threatened with closure

Councillor Gary Swallow outside the toilets next to Cross Roads Park, which are threatened with closure

Councillor Gary Swallow outside the toilets next to Cross Roads Park, which are threatened with closure

Councillor Gary Swallow outside the toilets next to Cross Roads Park, which are threatened with closure

Councillor Gary Swallow outside the toilets next to Cross Roads Park, which are threatened with closure

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COUNCIL members have agreed that a threatened Worth Valley public toilet block should be allowed to close.

Members of Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council discussed Bradford Council's plans to shut the public toilets at Penistone Hill and in Cross Roads.

They accepted that there is not a huge demand for the Penistone Hill facilities, but expressed uncertainty over levels of use of the Cross Roads toilets.

Councillor Gary Swallow reported that he and Coun Peter Hill had met with Bradford Council officers to talk about Bradford’s suggestion that the parish council take responsibility for the running of these toilets.

The district council officers reported that the staffing and transport costs for the toilet blocks currently come to £6,000 per year for each facility, along with £1,100 worth of consumables for each block.

Commenting after Haworth council's latest meeting this month (June), a spokesman for the parish council said: "It was considered that these running costs were way outside what we could consider taking on.

"The other main issue was that there were no figures as to the usage of these facilities. Council members agreed that the Penistone Hill facilities should be allowed to close. With regards to the Cross Roads toilets, we have no idea at the moment how many people use these.

"It was agreed that unless it was established that there was significant usage of these facilities then the parish council should take no further action and allow these facilities to close also.

"We've asked Bradford Council if they have any indication of footfall at the Cross Roads site before considering the matter further."

Also speaking after the meeting, Coun Swallow emphasised that it would be unrealistic for the parish council to take over and pay for the two toilet blocks' upkeep.

"They cost about £8,000 a year each to run, and our total annual budget is only about £40,000, so we couldn't possibly find the money," he said.

"We don't think the Penistone Hill toilets are used heavily at all, as it is they are only open in the summer months.

"The Cross Roads toilets do have houses around them, and the park adjacent. But then most of the park users are people who live locally, so they'd probably use the toilets in their own homes."

He added that if no one can be found to take over the Penistone Hill block he would prefer to see this property knocked down.

People wanting to respond to Haworth, Cross Roads and Stanbury Parish Council's appeal for information about how well the two toilet blocks are used, can contact the council via its website.

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10:32am Mon 16 Jun 14

MarkPullen says...

Whilst evidence of user numbers aren't available - due to no survey likely to have taken place - it would be unfortunate to deem them as not needed within this village.

They have, in recent years, received a substantial refurb to include hot water provision and at that time it was suggested that the local community undertake, in a voluntary agreement, the opening/closing and servicing of the facilities.

My personal feelings are that converting one of the two buildings into a modern unisex facility could reduce the running costs.

In addition I feel that the second building could be upgraded to offer the NPT (and therefore PCSOs) a refuge and presence whilst covering the beat.

I agree that many of the park users will be local people but any parent will tell you that when a youngsters wants to pee .... you don't want to be more than 2 minutes away from a facility!
Whilst evidence of user numbers aren't available - due to no survey likely to have taken place - it would be unfortunate to deem them as not needed within this village. They have, in recent years, received a substantial refurb to include hot water provision and at that time it was suggested that the local community undertake, in a voluntary agreement, the opening/closing and servicing of the facilities. My personal feelings are that converting one of the two buildings into a modern unisex facility could reduce the running costs. In addition I feel that the second building could be upgraded to offer the NPT (and therefore PCSOs) a refuge and presence whilst covering the beat. I agree that many of the park users will be local people but any parent will tell you that when a youngsters wants to pee .... you don't want to be more than 2 minutes away from a facility! MarkPullen
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5:36pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Mixter says...

What about folk walking home from maybe the pubs or club round the corner? Its just about the distance to be wanting a pee on the way home after 4 or 6 pints.
Being near the park is a red-herring. Why were public loos ever invented in the first place? Folk dont stop wanting a pee whilst out and about.
What about folk walking home from maybe the pubs or club round the corner? Its just about the distance to be wanting a pee on the way home after 4 or 6 pints. Being near the park is a red-herring. Why were public loos ever invented in the first place? Folk dont stop wanting a pee whilst out and about. Mixter
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7:41pm Sat 21 Jun 14

paul65 says...

It'a a fairly busy rd and these toilets are a necessity for delivery drivers, taxis, sales reps, leaflet distributors and others who work 'on the road'. It's not just locals who use them.
It'a a fairly busy rd and these toilets are a necessity for delivery drivers, taxis, sales reps, leaflet distributors and others who work 'on the road'. It's not just locals who use them. paul65
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