Inconvenience of closing toilets
DAVE Johnson of Lawrence Hill (Post, September 26) may hope that an elected mayor will propose building more public toilets but I doubt if his wish is granted since this issue affects only people living in the real world. Keep slashing away at the country's debts but please keep some money aside for those of us who want to spend a penny.
I'm told that after dark, when the pubs and clubs have chucked out in central Bristol, it is fairly easy to answer a call of nature down an alley or behind a parked car. Should we also expect shoppers, tourists and day trippers to do likewise during daylight hours?
I presume that the "toilets for customer use only" sign posted in the entrance to Cafe Central in Nelson Street is not part of the council approved See No Evil project. Let's face it, even graffiti artists need to take a pee occasionally – some may argue that they have been taking it for years.
Forget the achievements of our Olympians in the summer, there is no greater test of physical and mental endurance than to be caught short in Corn Street on a frosty winter morning. Time stands still as you stare across at the clock in Broad Street with a cold sweat forming on your top lip waiting for a market warden to find the key to the Corn Exchange toilets.
If would-be mayor George Ferguson puts a major public convenience rebuilding programme at the top of his manifesto I will personally knock on his door and thank him the next time I see a pair of red trousers poking out from beneath a cubicle in Colston Avenue Gents.
Alternatively, a newly elected mayor, flushed with success, could simply grant us permission to use the top grade toilet facilities inside the Council House. I won't however, be crossing my fingers – or my legs – waiting for this to happen.