Council - more toilets not part of Better Barkingside plans

Public toilets will not be funded through a £2.1million Barkingside regeneration scheme, despite plans to hold a number of community events there once work is complete.

Chairman of Barkingside 21, John Sharrock, said it was “laughable” to rely on the small number of bathroom facilities at Fullwell Cross Library, in High Street.

Speaking at last night’s full council meeting at Redbridge Town Hall, High Road, Ilford, Mr Sharrock, added: “I can only speak about the gents, but there are only two cubicles. There is a strong feeling from residents that a lavatory should be built.

“This is a basic facility which should be provided by the council.”

Cllr Thomas Chan, speaking about the Better Barkingside funding which has been granted to the High Street to build a town square, said: “The funding will be used to give an economic boost for the area and providing toilets is not covered by this.

“The library is open Monday to Saturday and can be used by residents.”

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