THE war of the loos has broken out in Huddersfield.
A Meltham woman is demanding parity between the sexes over the cost of spending a penny.
Mum-of-two Madeleine Hicks, 39, has complained to Kirklees Council that it costs women 10p to use the loo in Queensgate Market Hall - while men go for free.
Mrs Hicks, who works as a dispatcher, said: "I realised women paid and men didn't only when I needed to go and asked my husband for 10p and he asked me why."
Mrs Hicks said she had been told different things by the council.
She added: "The first person I spoke to said the 10p was towards the cost of maintaining sanitary bins in the ladies.
"then I was told it was standard practice in this country to charge women and not men.
"Does that not mean this grossly unfair inequality needs to be changed?
"There have been other grossly unfair habits that have been changed in recent years such as racism and homophobia and now we need to move on to this issue."
Mrs Hinks said Kirklees Council was `stubborn'.
She added: "Their equality and diversity policy states quite clearly that they will `reduce all forms of discrimination and prejudice by applying fairness and equality of opportunity for all'."
A spokeswoman for Kirklees Council said:
"We are looking into this lady's complaint.
"Women's toilets are larger and more expensive to run because they include sanitary bins in every cubicle.
She said attended toilets in Holmfirth and Dewsbury had 10p charges for both men and women.