Public toilets across Huddersfield and Dewsbury are set to be closed off in just eight weeks’ time, but the local council says that volunteers still have time to save them, a news report in the local media was able to reveal.
The Kirklees Council officially revealed that it cannot support running the attended toilets in Albion Street, Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Longcauseway, Dewsbury, and plans to close them as of early October.
A decision to cut the funding for public toilets was made at Full Council earlier this year as the council faced having to agree cuts of £21m. The council, however, agreed a budget for half the year to give time for the community or business groups to work on plans to take over them.
A Kirklees Council spokeswoman confirmed the toilets will close from October.
“As one of a number of budget saving measures the council has withdrawn funding for the attended public toilets in Huddersfield, Holmfirth and Dewsbury from October 2014 and this will save approximately £150,000 per year.
“We are actively seeking assistance from volunteer groups but the toilets will close on October 1 unless any group or organisation comes forward with a proposal for their continued operation at no cost to the council.
“Huddersfield has alternative public toilet provision in the market hall and at the bus station. There are also a number of shops, cafes and licensed premises within the town centre that have toilet facilities.”
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