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Reprieve for Bath loos

Some public toilets that were earmarked for closure in Bath could now stay open where there is no alternative provision.

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'This is fantastic news' - B&NES Tory Cllrs

This is a fantastic result for local residents and we’re naturally delighted with the result. It’s a real victory for local democracy, and particularly for all the local residents who have campaigned tirelessly on this issue and came along to speak at the Council meeting. We’re very pleased that people-power has forced the Council and the Lib Dems to listen to the genuine public concern surrounding their toilet closure plan. There has been next to no public consultation and the whole thing has been mishandled from the start.

What this means is that the Council is now committed to producing new proposals which keep our public toilets open unless suitable nearby alternatives can be found, or alternative funding arrangements agreed. Of course the Council faces financial challenges, but it has to deal with these in a fair and reasonable way. With the Council poised to sign a multi-million pound contract to take over the running of its public toilets, it’s hard to believe that it cannot squeeze out a bit better value to keep more toilets open. Hopefully, this is what the Council will now do.”

– Cllr Geoff Ward, Conservative shadow Neighbourhoods spokesman.

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