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Public Toilets (Again)

no-public-toilets-01As far as I can gather from making a few enquiries nothing is being done about replacing the public toilets that were demolished in Earl Shilton. This was done to make room for the street fairs (now discontinued), the farmers market (once a month) and various other activities.

May I respectfully suggest that signs like the one on the left should be put up on all roads leading into Earl Shilton? After all, it’s cheaper than building public toilets, and it does warn visitors what to expect.

At the time of the vandalisation of our public convenience the Town Council promised to build another in a different location. Well, if they did I haven’t found it yet!

A Letter appeared in The Hinckley Times this week which prompted me to bring the subject up once again. Hopefully this post will bring some sort of response from the council, even if it is negative.

The letter from W. Wragg of Earl shilton was very well put together, although he doesn’t mention the toilets, it is plainly obvious what he is writing about. For those of you who didn’t see it I reproduce it here:

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Come on, we need one now.

In Cornwall there’s one. Even in Barwell there’s one. Hinckley has a prize winning one.
Earl Shilton would love one.
Travellers passing through look for one. Visitors to the town look for one.
We have to apologise and say Earl Shilton doesn’t have one.
So councillors, don’t procrastinate about one. Please splash out and build us one.
Oh! What a relief it would be if we finally get one.

Afterthought: Does any reader know of any other English town that hasn’t got one?

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FACT: Ancient Rome had 144 public toilets in the city.

weird-public-toiletI have stated previously that although I live in Earl Shilton, albeit on the outskirts, I don’t shop in the town anymore because if I suddenly need to “go” I have to dash home, a good half mile from the Co-op. Nowadays I do my weekly shop in Hinckley or Leicester market for vegetables, fruit and meat, using the libraries etc., where I know public conveniences are close at hand if needed.

I know this is detrimental for the local traders, who are losing trade and trying to compete with the supermarket. I know of several other people who go out of Earl Shilton for shopping for the same reason as myself.

So to the councillors I echo the words of W. Wragg, Let’s have some public toilets soon, so that I, and others, can shop in our town without worrying if we get “took short”. Even if you install some of the loos shown on the right, they are better than nothing.

Only last week I saw a man using the hedge around the Co-op carpark to relieve himself; in broad daylight!

3 comments to Public Toilets (Again)

  • Wow..that is awful. Can’t really blame the man behind the hedge! I guess if that happened here in the USA, we would all have to stop drinking so much coffee, since it seems to run right through us and we all need a public restroom quite often! But then, maybe tea does that you all of you there! haha. I hope your town officials see the need and build one. Maybe they need to find themselves in such an emergency themselves before they relent?

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    That situation doesn’t arise because the Council Office is in the centre of the town and they have toilets in there, BUT they are only for the use of the town officials and staff. It’s a case of “I’m alright Jack, I’m on board, pull the gang-plank in”. – Keith.

  • Perhaps they expect us to bring a cork and a length of string . . . . lol

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    I’ve got a good idea what the cork is for, but the length of string? Don’t answer that,I might have to delete the answer ! – Keith.

  • Thanks for finally writing about < Public Toilets (Again) The Thoughts
    of a Senior Citizen. . . > Liked it!

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    It’s just a waste of time and effort, they don’t have any intention of providing public toilets in the foreseeable future “due to lack of funds”. Yet they have money to spend on a Dog Warden who, by her own admission to me, doesn’t have any powers except to “advise” people to keep their dogs under control! – Keith.

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