Call for fresh look at town centre toilet closure

Sharon McMurray of Towcester Tearooms by the public toilets in the Co-op car park.'100224M-B421
Sharon McMurray of Towcester Tearooms by the public toilets in the Co-op car park.'100224M-B421

PEOPLE wanting to spend a penny in Towcester town centre are calling for a review of the decision to close the last remaining public toilets.

On Monday evening members of Towcester Town Council’s recreation and leisure committee voted to write to South North Council to request a review of the closure.

Dominque Yates, committee vice chair said it had been suggested the town council reopen toilets it is responsible for in the cut between Moat Lane and the HSBC bank.

Mrs Yates added: “That was a non-starter because they are not renewable and they are part of the Moat Lane regeneration anyway. But we will be writing to SNC asking them to reconsider re-opening the toilets in the Co-op car park.”

Those toilets were closed in March follow a decision by SNC last year to save the £10,000 it costs to run then as part of wider cost saving measures. SNC have stated they have no statutory obligation to provide public toilets.

Mrs Yates said there had not been an overwhelming reaction from the public over the closure but some retailers were reporting increased visits from people whoa re not customers

She added: “I think people in Towcester tend to grin and bare it and natter between themselves, we don’t always get the public reaction we think issues deserve.”