Public toilets in Burnley and Pendle set to be axed

PEOPLE caught short in parts of Burnley and Pendle may face a problem — after plans to close eight public toilets were unveiled.

Burnley’s Queensgate, Hapton’s East Street and Briercliffe Road toilets have become a magnet for ‘anti-social behaviour’, with vagrants caught sleeping in the disabled facility at the latter, and closing them would recoup £15,500.

Town hall chiefs say they want to concentrate on well-used conveniences like Burnley bus station and Queen’s Park, and award-winning loos in Towneley and Padiham Memorial parks.

But in Pendle more drastic cuts have been proposed, with five axed in Brierfield, Salterforth, Kelbrook & Sough, Trawden and Colne, to save £114,000.

Another two will be saved if the borough’s executive agrees to deals being struck with town and parish councillors in Earby and Barley.

Question marks remain over a further four with feedback awaited from town and parish authorities in Goldshaw Booth, Barn- oldswick, Laneshaw Bridge and Barrowford.

Coun Mark Townsend, Burnley’s resources cabinet member, said: “The council has invested in public toilets that are used the most.

“However there are still some toilets that are outdated and inappropriately located which attract anti-social behavior and vandalism.”

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9:54pm Thu 5 Dec 13

M Foster says...

This is terrible news. We are steadily being turned from a once-highly developed, civilised and sophisticated country into a backward 3rd World one. Widespread access to public conviences had become one of the cornerstones of our supposed civilised society. People of a certain age (like me, and there are a becoming a LOT more of us) need more frequent and ready access to such basic facilities when out and about as we get older. Stand by for more prosecutions for certain public offences.
The councils are abdicating their responsibilities in closing these instead of finding the necessary savings elsewhere and I am sure many people could point to where that might be. Perhaps we just go back to open sewers of the earlier centuaries or modern times such as in India.
They should not rely on people being able to use the facilities is stores, shops, pubs, etc, as this is not always practical, possible or affordable if you have to make a purchase to do so and is not fair to them. At the VERY least, they should arrange for privately funded loos in their place - even though I do object to spending 20p for a tinkle (even 50p at a Whitby one I know) when forced to do so.
Lastly, if they insist on having locked gates on the Gents and Ladies on Albert Road, Colne near the I.M. Church, at least turn off the lit signs over them to save the full cost and to stop advertising a non-facility!
Just like the crazy closing of the Nelson/Colne Reycycling Centre against the publics' wishes (where we all have to travel to Burnley or Barnoldwick - which has nothing like the same local population to serve whilst also not as good) and the increased fly tipping I have seen since, we will get no say.
This decision stinks.
This is terrible news. We are steadily being turned from a once-highly developed, civilised and sophisticated country into a backward 3rd World one. Widespread access to public conviences had become one of the cornerstones of our supposed civilised society. People of a certain age (like me, and there are a becoming a LOT more of us) need more frequent and ready access to such basic facilities when out and about as we get older. Stand by for more prosecutions for certain public offences. The councils are abdicating their responsibilities in closing these instead of finding the necessary savings elsewhere and I am sure many people could point to where that might be. Perhaps we just go back to open sewers of the earlier centuaries or modern times such as in India. They should not rely on people being able to use the facilities is stores, shops, pubs, etc, as this is not always practical, possible or affordable if you have to make a purchase to do so and is not fair to them. At the VERY least, they should arrange for privately funded loos in their place - even though I do object to spending 20p for a tinkle (even 50p at a Whitby one I know) when forced to do so. Lastly, if they insist on having locked gates on the Gents and Ladies on Albert Road, Colne near the I.M. Church, at least turn off the lit signs over them to save the full cost and to stop advertising a non-facility! Just like the crazy closing of the Nelson/Colne Reycycling Centre against the publics' wishes (where we all have to travel to Burnley or Barnoldwick - which has nothing like the same local population to serve whilst also not as good) and the increased fly tipping I have seen since, we will get no say. This decision stinks. M Foster

10:02pm Thu 5 Dec 13

M Foster says...

Peter, It is not MAY, it is WILL.
Peter, It is not MAY, it is WILL. M Foster

11:43pm Thu 5 Dec 13

retsofad says...

If they go ahead and close these toilets then they can't complain if people pee in the street.
Peeing in the street brings decease this is why toilets were introduces in the first place but of coarse the boffins in local government have forgotten this, i just hope the next person to be brought before the courts on a charge of fouling the streets is the boffin who thought this one up
If they go ahead and close these toilets then they can't complain if people pee in the street. Peeing in the street brings decease this is why toilets were introduces in the first place but of coarse the boffins in local government have forgotten this, i just hope the next person to be brought before the courts on a charge of fouling the streets is the boffin who thought this one up retsofad

12:43pm Fri 6 Dec 13

juanbbien says...

I'm p!ssed off about this
I'm p!ssed off about this juanbbien

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