Group appeals over toilet opening times

The public toilets on Moreton Road,Buckingham.'110511M-D476
The public toilets on Moreton Road,Buckingham.'110511M-D476

BUCKINGHAM’S public toilets are set to stay open later into the evening, thanks to a request by a local youth group.

Project Street Life appealed to Buckingham Town Council for help to get the toilets, on Moreton Road, to be kept open later.

The toilets, which are owned and managed by Aylesbury Vale District Council, are on a time-lock that currently locks the doors at 8pm.

But this poses a problem for Project Street Life, which runs two sessions a week in the nearby Salvation Army Hall.

Project Street Life trustee Mike Lake told the town council the hall only has one toilet, and it takes 10 minutes for the tank to refill before it can be flushed again, so the club tries only to use it in emergency.

Up to 60 youngsters, aged 11 to 18, attend Project Street Life sessions from 6pm to 9pm on Thursday and Friday evenings.

Project Street Life was formed in 1999 to keep young people off the streets by providing a safe and welcoming place where they could meet, under the supervision of friendly, trained youth leaders.

The club is in discussion with the Salvation Army about adding another session there on Wednesday evenings for children aged seven to 11.

Town councillors agreed to write to AVDC asking for the toilets to remain open till 9.15pm.

Mayor Mike Smith said: “It is of course a district council facility but I’m certain they won’t oppose us.”