Loo closure potty says town council

PUBLISHED: 11:15 12 May 2006 | UPDATED: 21:51 28 May 2010

ANGRY town councillors threatened this week to take over the running of public toilets in March if Fenland District Council went ahead with the closure of one of them. Now a town council sub-committee is to consider the proposal seriously after councillor

ANGRY town councillors threatened this week to take over the running of public toilets in March if Fenland District Council went ahead with the closure of one of them.

Now a town council sub-committee is to consider the proposal seriously after councillors heard of the possibility of closing the City Road car park toilet.

Sandra Claxton, Fenland's deputy chief executive, told town councillors on Monday she was "very happy to convey their views" to the district council.

Councillor John West said he was "fed up" being told every year by the district council about the lack of money for such things as public toilets.

"I'm tired of looking at the figures and quite frankly I don't believe them," he said.

He said March needed two public toilets in the town centre for shoppers, tourists and people out and about in the evening.

"And we need the City Road toilets for such things as fun fairs, or for people using West End Park," he said. "We also have a skatepark nearby and it is quite unreasonable not to have public conveniences nearby for these youngsters to use."

"It's high time this town council considered taking on the toilets - if the district can't afford to run them, then we will take them over."

Councillor Barry Wales said a partnership between the district and town council was suggested five or six years ago and there was no reason why these facilities should not be run by the town on a service agreement.

Councillor Kit Owen also believed the town council had a case to present to the district for running the town's toilets.

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