If you need to know what the priorities of many leading councillors in Kirklees are you need to look no further than two council news stories in May 2005.
Story one - the council is to sell off two buildings in Huddersfield (6/8 St Peter's Street and part of Estate Buildings in Railway Street). They will not be advertised for sale. They will be sold to a chosen developer and, it is understood, be converted to luxury "yuppie flats".
Story two - Kirklees Council which had 74 public toilets 10 years ago now has 36. It plans to close 11 in its "modernisation" plans.
So there we have it. Luxury flats for the well-off in the middle of town, and fewer public toilets for the rest of us (abuse) for The Rest Of Us - (From the Macintosh slogan "The computer for the rest of us") 1. Used to describe a spiffy product whose affordability shames other comparable products, or (more often) used sarcastically to describe spiffy but very overpriced products.
In a recent Government report, Yorkshire has the worst public toilets in England.
"Councils spend a fortune building toilets and have neglected them", according to according to
1. As stated or indicated by; on the authority of: according to historians.
2. In keeping with: according to instructions.
3. the Chairman of the British Toilet Association.
When the elections come round, politicians will tell us how keen they are to listen to the public. Where is the public clamour clam·our
n. & v. Chiefly British
Variant of clamor.
clamour or US clamor
1. a loud protest
2. to close public toilets?
NB: Huddersfield had well-used public toilets in Market Square. A survey showed they were used by 3,000 people per day. The council's reaction - to close them down and build "over-flow" seating for McDonald's.
Branch Secretary, Unison