Historic public toilets in Batley’s Market Square could soon be turned into a shop.
But campaigners say Batley needs its public loos back, which have been in the market town for almost half a century.
A planning application has been put in by owners Kirklees Council for a change of use to A1 retail.
Campaigner Pat Crisp has collected around 3,000 signatures in her fight to have the toilets re-opened, since they closed last year.
Now those caught short are being told to use loos in the town hall or library.
Andrew Marsden, chairman of the Batley Business and Retail Association, said he was very disappointed in the move.
He said: “Batley needs as many reasons as possible for people to visit and shop here. For people who are elderly or those with children, they don’t want to have to think about where to go to the toilet. They want the confidence of knowing there are definitely public conveniences available.
“It is unclear whether the library toilets are available for the public and there have been complaints about people trying to use the town hall.”
The issue was due to be discussed at last night’s BBRA meeting and Mr Marsden, is also planning a meeting with Batley and Spen Valley MP Mike Wood over the issue.
People can comment on the application until September 27 via the Kirklees Council website.