Spending a penny

PUBLISHED: 15:08 21 September 2006 | UPDATED: 10:54 06 May 2010

A DECISION to spend more than £125,000 building new public conveniences could kick up a stink. North Herts District Council has allocated a whopping £127,500 to the development of toilets in Baldock, due to be built in 2008. One angry resident, who did no

A DECISION to spend more than £125,000 building new public conveniences could kick up a stink.

North Herts District Council has allocated a whopping £127,500 to the development of toilets in Baldock, due to be built in 2008.

One angry resident, who did not wish to be named, said: "I think it's a waste of money. It could be spent on helping parking problems in town or advertising the market instead.

"There are at least four pubs in the High Street which have toilets as well as toilets being available in the community centre and Tesco."

Concern has also been expressed in a Baldock newsletter circulated in the town, suggesting that now the town is largely bypassed, toilets would not be frequently used.

The newsletter says the question should be asked if Baldock needs public conveniences at all and, if so, a state-of-the-art toilet would look out of place in the town.

A design and a location in the High Street are required that will be unobtrusive and in keeping with the Georgian town but a proposal to combine the toilets with a bus shelter is currently being considered.

Cllr Marilyn Kirkland said: "I think most towns do have public conveniences but obviously we are going to choose the best design that fits with Baldock because it has to be discreet.

"We have been shown some designs that are absolutely awful."

Cllr Michael Muir said: "I think the plans are premature because it should be looked at when we consider the town's enhancement.

"We saw plans but we didn't like them because it would mean a modern block in the High Street.

"It would be nice if people used pubs to go to the toilet. We could use the money somewhere else then but not everybody knows the community centre and not everybody wants to go into a pub."

The current toilets, located beneath the town hall, will stay open for the foreseeable future.

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