Dumbfounded by closure decision
I DID not vote for George Ferguson as Mayor. However, I do believe that both the office and the successful candidate should be given a good chance to succeed and I therefore wish him well.
To balance the books is not a mug's game, and savings of £35m inevitably cause dismay.
There is however one area on which one can have no doubt. Both citizens and visitors to Bristol, each and every one, always have been and always will be susceptible to the call of nature.
The first consideration on getting off coach or train, or having parked the car, must be "where's the loo?"
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I am therefore dumbfounded to read (The Post Jan 7) that not a few only, not even the majority, but all, yes all 79 of the city's public conveniences could be axed.
Make no mistake this is the one decision whish almost certainly cannot later be revoked.
Jobs and services in other spheres can later be reintroduced, but once you have pulled down the toilets (and I can't imagine them staying up unused – can you?) it would cost the earth – and endless planning rows – to rebuild just a fraction of that number.
And the savings? £600,000 compared to the £35m required, that's peanuts.
No one likes a rise in council tax but that's just 50p a month for 100,000 city council tax payers. I know which would be the greater 'inconvenience'.
Can you imagine going to visit any great city – in this country or abroad – getting off the coach and being told "We have no public toilets'?
You'd strike that city off your list straightaway and advise your friends to do the same.
The health implications are alarming. Older people will be dissuaded from stepping out for regular essential exercise or may suffer. Not exactly good practice or official advice.
I am a Bristolian born and bred, fiercely proud of my city. No way can I stand by and watch this happen. I want Bristol to be highly regarded and to receive the respect that it deserves.