Public toilets “essential” to £12million Leyton Mount development in Bournemouth town centre

Bournemouth Echo: Public toilets “essential” to £12million Leyton Mount development in Bournemouth town centre Public toilets “essential” to £12million Leyton Mount development in Bournemouth town centre

PUBLIC toilets were deemed “essential” to a £12 million project that will form part of the regeneration of an often troubled part of Bournemouth town centre.

Councillors voted unanimously in favour of keeping toilets as part of the major new town centre development at Leyton Mount which includes a block of 62 flats and a large restaurant.

Developers were originally granted planning permission on the condition that the scheme included replacement public toilets, but they asked planners to lift the condition and allow additional commercial floorspace.

Vice chairman of the planning board Cllr Ron Whittaker said: “We need good quality toilets in the area, especially for the elderly or those with children.

“There are not enough public toilets in this part of the town and we also don’t have good enough signage pointing out where the existing toilets are.”

Officers recommended that the request should be refused after both the night-time economy co-ordinator and the town centre manager expressed concerns about the town’s lack of late-night toilet facilities.

It was decided the loss of the public convenience from this location would be detrimental to the function and the long-term regeneration of the area.

Cllr Lynda Price said: “In my view we have an ageing population and a huge number of tourists so it is absolutely essential we have an adequate number of toilets to match the demand.”

The street services manager supported the developer’s request to remove the public convenience on the grounds that there was a facility at Glen Fern Road car park.

BDC development director Duncan Johnston said: “The redevelopment of the car park will be a catalyst for improvement at Horseshoe Common and the streets, paths and open spaces that lead to and from it.”

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1:20pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

It seems that once again Bournemouth Council are going against the tide. A growing number of councils are closing public toilets which are expensive to run in favour of community toilet scheme, where cafes, shops and other premises allow the public to use their toilet facilities.
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Whilst community toilet schemes are deemed good enough for Poole, Portsmouth and several London Boroughs Bournemouth Council is so stuck in the past that it still believes that taxpayer funded public toilets are essential. I'm sure if the council were to consult on public toilets they'd find that most people use private facilities in cafes and shops rather than use the often disgusting council run toilets.
It seems that once again Bournemouth Council are going against the tide. A growing number of councils are closing public toilets which are expensive to run in favour of community toilet scheme, where cafes, shops and other premises allow the public to use their toilet facilities. . Whilst community toilet schemes are deemed good enough for Poole, Portsmouth and several London Boroughs Bournemouth Council is so stuck in the past that it still believes that taxpayer funded public toilets are essential. I'm sure if the council were to consult on public toilets they'd find that most people use private facilities in cafes and shops rather than use the often disgusting council run toilets. BmthNewshound

1:42pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Gastines3 says...

If a few coin-operated cubicle style toilets were available in the town and properly cleaned and maintained,it would solve the expense of building facilities and save us putting up with the disgusting state of those at present available.Once again,contracted out,never inspected and ticked off a list.
If a few coin-operated cubicle style toilets were available in the town and properly cleaned and maintained,it would solve the expense of building facilities and save us putting up with the disgusting state of those at present available.Once again,contracted out,never inspected and ticked off a list. Gastines3

2:24pm Mon 27 Jan 14

whataboutthat says...

Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised.
Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised. whataboutthat

3:45pm Mon 27 Jan 14

beachcomber1 says...

"often troubled"? really?
"often troubled"? really? beachcomber1

4:13pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BmthNewshound says...

whataboutthat wrote:
Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised.
Clearly never experienced the disgusting public toilets in Bournemouth which are far from civilised.
[quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised.[/p][/quote]Clearly never experienced the disgusting public toilets in Bournemouth which are far from civilised. BmthNewshound

5:15pm Mon 27 Jan 14

Lord Spring says...

BmthNewshound wrote:
whataboutthat wrote:
Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised.
Clearly never experienced the disgusting public toilets in Bournemouth which are far from civilised.
A spokesperson for Bournemouth Council said "It is our aim to keep the toilets clean and tidy , it is your aim that helps us"
[quote][p][bold]BmthNewshound[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]whataboutthat[/bold] wrote: Public toilets are a sign of a civilised society. People who are against public toilets are uncivilised.[/p][/quote]Clearly never experienced the disgusting public toilets in Bournemouth which are far from civilised.[/p][/quote]A spokesperson for Bournemouth Council said "It is our aim to keep the toilets clean and tidy , it is your aim that helps us" Lord Spring

7:14pm Mon 27 Jan 14

BIGTONE says...

They need a couple of these.
www.youtube.com/watc
h?v=C8iR3pgt37I
They need a couple of these. www.youtube.com/watc h?v=C8iR3pgt37I BIGTONE

7:31pm Mon 27 Jan 14

pete woodley says...

I am sure prostate cancer sufferers like myself,welcome extra toilet facilities.
I am sure prostate cancer sufferers like myself,welcome extra toilet facilities. pete woodley

12:16am Tue 28 Jan 14

billd766 says...

Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs?
Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs? billd766

10:10am Tue 28 Jan 14

Redgolfer says...

billd766 wrote:
Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs?
What it does is too try and run down Old Christchurch Road with Unworkable schemes to get people moving up to the Lansdown, to stop anybody living in the area from access after 22.00 hrs every night with gates that have to be locked every night and yet the gates on Fir Vale Road are not shut on time at present, they have taken away Security on Horse Shoe Rank so its now a free for all, so that it flits in with their plans and pity anybody with a disability from wanting to go out in the evening down the area as their will be no access.
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs?[/p][/quote]What it does is too try and run down Old Christchurch Road with Unworkable schemes to get people moving up to the Lansdown, to stop anybody living in the area from access after 22.00 hrs every night with gates that have to be locked every night and yet the gates on Fir Vale Road are not shut on time at present, they have taken away Security on Horse Shoe Rank so its now a free for all, so that it flits in with their plans and pity anybody with a disability from wanting to go out in the evening down the area as their will be no access. Redgolfer

11:36am Tue 28 Jan 14

billd766 says...

Redgolfer wrote:
billd766 wrote:
Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs?
What it does is too try and run down Old Christchurch Road with Unworkable schemes to get people moving up to the Lansdown, to stop anybody living in the area from access after 22.00 hrs every night with gates that have to be locked every night and yet the gates on Fir Vale Road are not shut on time at present, they have taken away Security on Horse Shoe Rank so its now a free for all, so that it flits in with their plans and pity anybody with a disability from wanting to go out in the evening down the area as their will be no access.
Thank you for the explanation. Basically then it is a job for an overpaid numpty jobsworth with nothing useful to do and probably paid more money per year than most pensioners get in 10 years.
[quote][p][bold]Redgolfer[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: Can anybody please explain to me what a "night-time economy co-ordinator" actually is and what it does and more importantly what it costs?[/p][/quote]What it does is too try and run down Old Christchurch Road with Unworkable schemes to get people moving up to the Lansdown, to stop anybody living in the area from access after 22.00 hrs every night with gates that have to be locked every night and yet the gates on Fir Vale Road are not shut on time at present, they have taken away Security on Horse Shoe Rank so its now a free for all, so that it flits in with their plans and pity anybody with a disability from wanting to go out in the evening down the area as their will be no access.[/p][/quote]Thank you for the explanation. Basically then it is a job for an overpaid numpty jobsworth with nothing useful to do and probably paid more money per year than most pensioners get in 10 years. billd766

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