Councillors agree to close Hamworthy's only public toilets to save £10k a year

Councillors agree to close Hamworthy's only public toilets to save £10k a year

SHUT: The public toilets near the Co-op in Blandford Road, Hamworthy, face closure

NO SURPRISE: Ann Smeaton

WORK NEEDED: Shaun Robson

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THE only public toilets in the centre of Hamworthy should be closed, councillors have unanimously agreed.

The block outside the Co-op in Blandford Road is the latest target of the council’s loo review to be replaced by a community toilet scheme.

“It’s not a surprise – but a lot of people will miss it,” said Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents’ Association.

“They will have to keep the park toilets open now. Let’s think positive,” she added.

The new Co-op is currently under construction on part of the site and the council had discussions with them to provide a publicly accessible toilet within the new store.

However the smaller store being built to replace the shop burnt down in 2007 does not include toilets for customers.

Now Borough of Poole will attempt to sell the public toilet building to the Co-op group.

In his report to the council, Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, pointed out £50,000 of work was “desirable” and the building was in poor condition.

By closing it, approximately £10,000 a year could be saved.

“The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area,” he said. “The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on.

“Development of this area could potentially provide an enhancement of the local centre which was identified in the core strategy for Poole as being in need of investment and improvement.”

Initial discussions with local businesses have shown five which might be interested in joining the council’s community toilet scheme, the furthest of which is 650m distant.

They are Hamworthy Library, Cornucopia, The Snack Box, Adam Practice surgery and the Red Lion.

Some have disabled access and baby changing facilities, however Mrs Smeaton pointed out that some of the community toilets, like the library, close at 5pm.

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11:31am Fri 10 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Oh pooh!
Oh pooh! nickynoodah
  • Score: 2

11:37am Fri 10 Jan 14

smhinto says...

Yes - Highly inconvienient !!
Yes - Highly inconvienient !! smhinto
  • Score: 0

12:03pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Letcommonsenseprevail says...

Close it - it smells.
Close it - it smells. Letcommonsenseprevail
  • Score: 6

12:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

What do you think it should smell like
a bunch of roses?
What do you think it should smell like a bunch of roses? nickynoodah
  • Score: -5

1:00pm Fri 10 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Will miss it .What a Dump that was
Will miss it .What a Dump that was kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 3

1:30pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

Withdrawing facilities (that should be properly maintained) is fine so long as alternatives are previously made available. As one gets older one finds it more important to know that convenient facilities are readily available.

It is suspected that neglect of yet another asset of our Borough is the root cause of the proposed loss of these conveniently located facilities. Presumably someone somewhere is ensuring that misuse of inappropriate locations is avoided when needs must ! ??
Withdrawing facilities (that should be properly maintained) is fine so long as alternatives are previously made available. As one gets older one finds it more important to know that convenient facilities are readily available. It is suspected that neglect of yet another asset of our Borough is the root cause of the proposed loss of these conveniently located facilities. Presumably someone somewhere is ensuring that misuse of inappropriate locations is avoided when needs must ! ?? Ebb Tide
  • Score: 3

1:55pm Fri 10 Jan 14

sea poole says...

Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...?
Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...? sea poole
  • Score: 6

2:35pm Fri 10 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

sea poole wrote:
Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...?
WOW That Shaun bloke knows his lavs
[quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...?[/p][/quote]WOW That Shaun bloke knows his lavs kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 6

2:40pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

kalebmoledirt wrote:
sea poole wrote:
Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...?
WOW That Shaun bloke knows his lavs
Impressive - even the level of current and future demand for sanitary facilities.
[quote][p][bold]kalebmoledirt[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sea poole[/bold] wrote: Shaun Robson said, 'The current building is unattractive and represents an over-provision of facilities for demand in this area. The ageing decor gives an impression of uncleanliness which will increase as time goes on...' The Civic Centre and councillors...?[/p][/quote]WOW That Shaun bloke knows his lavs[/p][/quote]Impressive - even the level of current and future demand for sanitary facilities. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 5

3:51pm Fri 10 Jan 14

phonehome says...

“It’s not a surprise – but a lot of people will miss it,” said Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents’ Association.

They should learn to aim a bit better!
“It’s not a surprise – but a lot of people will miss it,” said Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents’ Association. They should learn to aim a bit better! phonehome
  • Score: 5

4:42pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

phonehome wrote:
“It’s not a surprise – but a lot of people will miss it,” said Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents’ Association.

They should learn to aim a bit better!
Precisely ! Soon there will be no scope for convenient target practice.
[quote][p][bold]phonehome[/bold] wrote: “It’s not a surprise – but a lot of people will miss it,” said Ann Smeaton, chairman of Hamside Residents’ Association. They should learn to aim a bit better![/p][/quote]Precisely ! Soon there will be no scope for convenient target practice. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 0

7:04pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Turtlebay says...

Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane!
Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane! Turtlebay
  • Score: 7

8:13pm Fri 10 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane!
Thank you for your support to my increasing need - let alone the needs of others that do not wish to cause offence.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane![/p][/quote]Thank you for your support to my increasing need - let alone the needs of others that do not wish to cause offence. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 4

8:41pm Fri 10 Jan 14

we-shall-see says...

OMG! The Liberal Club toilets are the most disgusting ones I have ever had the misfortune to see! How on earth can they be used as an alternative?!

The Co-Op toilet block is disgusting and never gets cleaned - but the ones in the Liberal have not been updated since the 1960s and I highly doubt they've been cleaned since then either …….. gross!
OMG! The Liberal Club toilets are the most disgusting ones I have ever had the misfortune to see! How on earth can they be used as an alternative?! The Co-Op toilet block is disgusting and never gets cleaned - but the ones in the Liberal have not been updated since the 1960s and I highly doubt they've been cleaned since then either …….. gross! we-shall-see
  • Score: 2

1:40am Sat 11 Jan 14

billd766 says...

Turtlebay wrote:
Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane!
The council members are not rally insane but merely stupid. I suspect that none of them have ever been caught short or been a child or elderly.
In their haste to show to good they are at saving public money they forgat that their prime duty is to the voters and the public.
If the toilet block is as "Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, pointed out £50,000 of work was “desirable” and the building was in poor condition." then WHY was it allowed to get into that state to begin with. It is the counsils responsibility to maintain it so thet themselves MUST accept the total responsibilty for it.
Spend the £50,000 of the taxpayers money. After all it is THEIR money and NOT yours.
[quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane![/p][/quote]The council members are not rally insane but merely stupid. I suspect that none of them have ever been caught short or been a child or elderly. In their haste to show to good they are at saving public money they forgat that their prime duty is to the voters and the public. If the toilet block is as "Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, pointed out £50,000 of work was “desirable” and the building was in poor condition." then WHY was it allowed to get into that state to begin with. It is the counsils responsibility to maintain it so thet themselves MUST accept the total responsibilty for it. Spend the £50,000 of the taxpayers money. After all it is THEIR money and NOT yours. billd766
  • Score: 4

4:31am Sat 11 Jan 14

hamworthygirl says...

The toilets are pretty disgusting but i have had used them on occasion with my granchildren.. I think some nice new ones would be good paid for by the council and the co op perhaps?
The toilets are pretty disgusting but i have had used them on occasion with my granchildren.. I think some nice new ones would be good paid for by the council and the co op perhaps? hamworthygirl
  • Score: 1

7:59am Sat 11 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

Your family use this dungo so you pay for them
I AINT
Your family use this dungo so you pay for them I AINT nickynoodah
  • Score: -5

10:40am Sat 11 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

billd766 wrote:
Turtlebay wrote:
Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane!
The council members are not rally insane but merely stupid. I suspect that none of them have ever been caught short or been a child or elderly.
In their haste to show to good they are at saving public money they forgat that their prime duty is to the voters and the public.
If the toilet block is as "Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, pointed out £50,000 of work was “desirable” and the building was in poor condition." then WHY was it allowed to get into that state to begin with. It is the counsils responsibility to maintain it so thet themselves MUST accept the total responsibilty for it.
Spend the £50,000 of the taxpayers money. After all it is THEIR money and NOT yours.
Suggest you ascertain how the BoP looks after all its built assets. It seems that it doesn't ! Hence the "seafront consultation" document that demonstrated that they had not planned to maintain our seafront assets at any time !!
[quote][p][bold]billd766[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Turtlebay[/bold] wrote: Then they complain when members of the public use alleyways and quiet car parks instead. The council are insane![/p][/quote]The council members are not rally insane but merely stupid. I suspect that none of them have ever been caught short or been a child or elderly. In their haste to show to good they are at saving public money they forgat that their prime duty is to the voters and the public. If the toilet block is as "Shaun Robson, head of environmental and consumer protection services, pointed out £50,000 of work was “desirable” and the building was in poor condition." then WHY was it allowed to get into that state to begin with. It is the counsils responsibility to maintain it so thet themselves MUST accept the total responsibilty for it. Spend the £50,000 of the taxpayers money. After all it is THEIR money and NOT yours.[/p][/quote]Suggest you ascertain how the BoP looks after all its built assets. It seems that it doesn't ! Hence the "seafront consultation" document that demonstrated that they had not planned to maintain our seafront assets at any time !! Ebb Tide
  • Score: 1

1:41pm Sat 11 Jan 14

anigel says...

How on earth does it cost £10k to keep it open. I guess the debate, proposals, plans etc to close it have probably cost three years plus running costs already
How on earth does it cost £10k to keep it open. I guess the debate, proposals, plans etc to close it have probably cost three years plus running costs already anigel
  • Score: 1

2:52pm Sat 11 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

Can we organise a protest .Take it in turns chaining ourselves to the lavs I vote that Nickynoodah bird take the first shift .I should be free in about 2056
Can we organise a protest .Take it in turns chaining ourselves to the lavs I vote that Nickynoodah bird take the first shift .I should be free in about 2056 kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

3:25pm Sat 11 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

What you so sad for Bedsit Fungi Moledirt?
some one threatened you with a shower
Would you like to TRY and chain me PAL?????????????????
??
What you so sad for Bedsit Fungi Moledirt? some one threatened you with a shower Would you like to TRY and chain me PAL????????????????? ?? nickynoodah
  • Score: -2

3:55pm Sat 11 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

WELL????????
WELL???????? nickynoodah
  • Score: -1

7:59am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
WELL????????
Not sure ,how big are you?could be fun
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: WELL????????[/p][/quote]Not sure ,how big are you?could be fun kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

10:33am Sun 12 Jan 14

nickynoodah says...

your up early FUNGI
S**t the bed again no doubt
Smelly old man.
your up early FUNGI S**t the bed again no doubt Smelly old man. nickynoodah
  • Score: 0

11:00am Sun 12 Jan 14

kalebmoledirt says...

nickynoodah wrote:
your up early FUNGI
S**t the bed again no doubt
Smelly old man.
You would smell as well if you had been sat in the Hamworthy lav on protest.but nice to hear the fragrant words of such an elequant woman can you bring me a flask and take over
[quote][p][bold]nickynoodah[/bold] wrote: your up early FUNGI S**t the bed again no doubt Smelly old man.[/p][/quote]You would smell as well if you had been sat in the Hamworthy lav on protest.but nice to hear the fragrant words of such an elequant woman can you bring me a flask and take over kalebmoledirt
  • Score: 0

9:08pm Mon 13 Jan 14

ineedthe loo says...

Local businesses will only do things that bring in cash, unless they are obliged to. So, I'd rather the council provided a reliable amenity..

Does the library have any public toilets?
If not then it should.
Local businesses will only do things that bring in cash, unless they are obliged to. So, I'd rather the council provided a reliable amenity.. Does the library have any public toilets? If not then it should. ineedthe loo
  • Score: 0

11:05pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Ebb Tide says...

ineedthe loo wrote:
Local businesses will only do things that bring in cash, unless they are obliged to. So, I'd rather the council provided a reliable amenity..

Does the library have any public toilets?
If not then it should.
No doubt the toilets in Hamworthy will reflect the local needs advocated by its Councillors. Perhaps they need to be advised about the certainties that concern so many, if that is not too inconvenient for the electors of Hamworthy.
[quote][p][bold]ineedthe loo[/bold] wrote: Local businesses will only do things that bring in cash, unless they are obliged to. So, I'd rather the council provided a reliable amenity.. Does the library have any public toilets? If not then it should.[/p][/quote]No doubt the toilets in Hamworthy will reflect the local needs advocated by its Councillors. Perhaps they need to be advised about the certainties that concern so many, if that is not too inconvenient for the electors of Hamworthy. Ebb Tide
  • Score: 0

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