Torquay’s Lib Dem councillors have spoken out as the closure of the Ladies toilets in Torquay’s Union Street goes beyond its tenth week.
The busy town-centre toilets were first closed back in August due to a leak that has caused an electrical fault. It is understood that the Council have struggled to contact the owners of an adjoining premise which is delaying the necessary repairs.
Torquay’s Liberal Democrats are now calling for the Conservative-dominated Council to make other facilities available if the toilets are to remain closed.
Torquay Councillor Mandy Darling said: “we accept that the problems in the toilet itself might not be the fault of the Council. However, they can and should be doing more to provide replacement loos as this drags on.”
Mandy’s ward colleague, Cllr Nick Pentney added: “I’d like to know what provisions have been considered by the council. Have they considered approaching nearby businesses to see if shoppers could be directed to their facilities in exchange for fair remuneration from the council? Or possibly the introduction of a luxury, temporary toilet block?”
With less than 40 days to Christmas it’s feared that there won’t be any facilities for female shoppers in the busy festive period.
Ellacombe ward councillor Cindy Stocks said: “Come on Torbay Council. Toilets are a basic right. Don’t be a scrooge this Christmas – spend a few pennies so women shoppers in Torquay can spend theirs.”
Contact – Cllr Mandy Darling 07919566606
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