Council’s ‘fag packet’ toilet offer

Mirfield Public Toilets
Mirfield Public Toilets
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Mirfield Town Councillors have angrily rejected a new offer to run the public toilets in Station Road.

At a meeting of Mirfield Town Council this week, councillors turned down a new offer of a lease from Kirklees Council, which owns the building, with one councillor tempted to “run for the hills”.

The offer includes clauses which state the Town Council would be responsible for the repairs, insurance and drainage works, while giving both parties a three-month notice period to end the tenancy.

But Mirfield councillors were in bullish mood when discussing the offer of the lease, claiming Kirklees Council is trying to price them out of running the toilets.

Mayor of Kirklees, Coun Martyn Bolt said at the meeting: “Looking at this (lease), it is about as good as something scribbled down on the back of a fag packet.”

Coun Vivien Lees-Hamilton, Mayor of Mirfield, said: “This lease is enough to send any sensible businessperson running to the hills.

“We need to send the lease back to the council and say it is 10 times worse than the previous one we were offered.”

Coun Bolt added: “We need to make sure the council knows we are still committed to a sustainable and equitable agreement on managing the toilets.”