Councillor flushed with pride at re-opening of public toilets

PUBLISHED: 13:22 26 January 2015 | UPDATED: 13:52 26 January 2015

Cllr Baldesh Nijjar, Pauline Elliott and Barry Chapman open the refurbished toilets

Cllr Baldesh Nijjar, Pauline Elliott and Barry Chapman open the refurbished toilets


It’s customary to cut a ribbon to celebrate the unveiling of an important new building.

But guests had to make do with toilet roll at the reopening of the Valentine’s Park public toilets.

The conveniences – which were closed three years ago to cut costs – have been brought back into action.

Cllr Baldesh Nijjar, cabinet member for the environment, said: “They were well used toilets before they were shut. They weren’t in a bad condition.”

The closure of public toilets in the borough had been opposed by pensioners’ groups and people with health conditions.

Cllr Nijjar (Lab, Seven Kings) said the toilets – on the corner of The Drive and Cranbrook Road – would be kept open during the day but shut at night to avoid attracting anti-social behaviour.

“It was part of Labour’s manifesto, to open public toilets,” she said.

“They are in quite a prominent position.”

And she said the authority would look at reopening other toilets in locations where they were well used.

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