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New £100,000 public toilets for Gloucester city centre

By citizenmike  |  Posted: March 04, 2014

Community toilet scheme will be replaced with new public loos

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Anyone ‘caught short’ whilst out and about in Gloucester city centre will soon feel flush with the announcement that new £100,000 attended public toilets are to be created.

Public loos have been a burning issue for shoppers ever since the last ones were scrapped in favour of a community toilet scheme, where people can drop in to venues which display a sticker in the window.

Empty retail units on Westgate Street are being eyed up as potential new homes for the public conveniences which would be kept spick and span by charging its users 20p a go to pay for an attendant to be on hand.

Councillor Jeremy Hilton, leader of the Liberal Democrat group on Gloucester City Council, won the support of enough fellow city councillors to push through the plan last week.

He said: “It is really good news that the funding has been secured.

“We are looking at the possibility of a shop unit that has been repeatedly seen retailers change hands. Westgate Street might be a good place because it is near the Cathedral and there are a lot of tourists in that area.

“The toilets need to be high quality and kept in a very good condition with an attendant service. We need to make sure there is always somebody there to keep them clean.

“I think people will be prepared to pay 20p to enter if they know it is good to be clean.

“We now need to look for the right premises, secure the lease and fit them out. That might happen very quickly or it may take some time depending on lease negotiations.”

Gloucester City Council’s cabinet will report back in three months time with a plan, but the Liberal Democrats will also appoint a councillor to work alongside the cabinet to deliver the project.

Shoppers have previously called for new public toilets to be installed at King’s Square, where toilets had previously been located. Christopher Tunely, 67, said: “Now that old concrete lump is gone it would be great to see some proper toilets in King’s Square.

“There’s nothing else around here – the nearest facilities are in the pub on the other side of the square.”

The lack of facilities has been blamed for problems at the King’s Walk car park of people using the stairwells as a toilet and for partygoers in Eastgate Street urinating in doorways because they have nowhere else to go.

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 07 2014, 12:32AM

    "What other Public services do you suggest are cut in order to make the 20p charge avoidable?" No services need be cut if you simply cut out the non-jobs. The City Council employs, for example, no less than TWO "Business Improvement Officers" and one "Equalities Officer" at starting salaries of over £23,000 each a year. Add that lot up and they can save at least £70,000 a year at a stroke ( a quick look on LinkedIn shows that the "Equalities Officer" has been in post for at least three years, so his salary will be higher than that quoted).

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  • jas37  |  March 06 2014, 11:22PM

    kato48, It looks as if you need a serious reality check. I would be surprised if £100K would cover the Lease/Rent for any length of time on top of the conversion costs.

  • jas37  |  March 06 2014, 11:19PM

    Hasn't it been mentioned on more than one occasion that new Public Toilets will be included in the King's Quarter development? . thestig2 What other Public services do you suggest are cut in order to make the 20p charge avoidable?

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  • jackson99  |  March 06 2014, 5:40PM

    Should be 50 pence.

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  • mwignall  |  March 06 2014, 1:10PM

    I think it might be the case that these toilets will provide a temporary facility until the Kings Quarter development is built in a few years time.

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  • thestig2  |  March 05 2014, 7:25PM

    forgive me but don't we pay enough in taxes and council tax for services. public toilet should be scattered about for general use for public but if you want go private toilet then pay up the 20p, not close public toilets and then force you to pay. this is degrading of the councils to close public toilets. in this day and age we are not a 3rd world country so cutting basic services is poor. if you want people to shop at Gloucester town then put back public services and not charge what we already pay for.

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  • meymey  |  March 05 2014, 6:30PM

    owww i get a thumbs down for quoting the citizen and slagging their bad reporting off

  • HuckiePhil  |  March 05 2014, 4:56PM

    I think they should set up a leak inquiry.

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  • SandraPee  |  March 05 2014, 4:27PM

    kato 48. I think the £100K , as I read i,t is to the secure the lease of a building and to fit the toilets in , maybe as part of something else . I still don't see that anywhere in Westgate Street will stop people urinating in Eastgate Street ........ and certainly not during the evenings when these proposed toilets would be closed !

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  • kato48  |  March 05 2014, 4:11PM

    I hope it will be a toilet block, I tend to agree : Why not two, or Three, now that's Positive thinking, using pure common sense, unfortunately common sense is in short supply, and yes I agree with you again, we could all be in for a long wait. one last point : The cost , does anyone else think that £100,000 is a tad steep for a toilet block, or do I need a reality check ?

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