Toilets closed as big revamp starts

The Oxford Times: The Market Street toilets are undergoing a revamp The Market Street toilets are undergoing a revamp

OXFORD’S busiest toilets have been closed for a major revamp.

The Market Street toilets have shut this week as Oxford City Council continues its scheme of upgrading all the city’s public facilities.

And people across Oxford are being given the opportunity to have their say in decorating the toilets.

The toilets will keep the same layout but will be given completely new fittings as part of the council’s £420,000 investment in toilets.

City councillor John Tanner, board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “The city council thinks providing good quality toilets in the city centre is hugely important for shoppers and tourists alike.

“I am thrilled that we have started work on the Market Street toilets and I apologise for the temporary arrangements. I am sure the new facilities will be well worth waiting for.”

As part of the scheme the city council will be replacing the existing stainless steel fittings in all of its toilets with a hygienic composite material and fitting ergonomic and vandal-resistant dryers, as well as providing better quality soap. Better lighting will be installed, as well as hooks for bags and coats, and easy-to-use locks.

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And following a public consultation, toilets in the city centre such as the Market Street facilities will be given a completely new look, with fresh flowers, books and copies of the Oxford Mail’s entertainment reviews on the walls.

While work takes place at the Market Street toilets – which will take about eight weeks – temporary toilets will be available to the public outside the facilities.

Members of the public can also put forward ideas for famous quotes or comments to decorate the toilet’s walls.

Builders are currently finishing off work at the Florence Park toilets, which were the first to benefit from the scheme.

Once the Market Street facilities are completed the Gloucester Green toilets will be the next major facilities to be refurbished and work will start early next year.

The city council owns and operates 24 public toilets across the city, as well as running a community toilet scheme which sees nine businesses in the city centre make their toilets available to the public.

To submit a quotation for the Market Street toilets, email the council at press@oxford.gov.uk before Friday, November 16.

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12:16pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Bartsimpson_uk says...

What a two faced wan**er Tanner is. It was not long ago that he closed most toilets in Oxford and said we had to use shops and pubs. For him to say what he has is unbelievable!! I see they are not going to open up St Giles toilets under the false claims for Health & Safety reasons, when there has never been an accident with anyone going to use the toilets there, but they still allow the Taxi rank to be in the middle of the road!! Answer that one Tanner.
What a two faced wan**er Tanner is. It was not long ago that he closed most toilets in Oxford and said we had to use shops and pubs. For him to say what he has is unbelievable!! I see they are not going to open up St Giles toilets under the false claims for Health & Safety reasons, when there has never been an accident with anyone going to use the toilets there, but they still allow the Taxi rank to be in the middle of the road!! Answer that one Tanner. Bartsimpson_uk
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2:32pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Dilligaf2010 says...

"While work takes place at the Market Street toilets – which will take about eight weeks".........
.........surely they could be done more quickly if they put more than one man on the job, 8 weeks, I've watched German contractors build a block of 4 flats in less time.
"While work takes place at the Market Street toilets – which will take about eight weeks"......... .........surely they could be done more quickly if they put more than one man on the job, 8 weeks, I've watched German contractors build a block of 4 flats in less time. Dilligaf2010
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4:03pm Wed 7 Nov 12

mandate says...

City councillor John Tanner, board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “The city council thinks providing good quality toilets in the city centre is hugely important for shoppers and tourists alike.

Not long ago, you were wanting to close public toilets to save money. You were not interesting in spending a penny on improvements (excuse the pun).

If these improvements are so 'hugely important' to councillor Tanner, why wasn't the work done years ago? Be honest councillor Tanner, you people at the council don't know if you are coming, or going.
City councillor John Tanner, board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford, said: “The city council thinks providing good quality toilets in the city centre is hugely important for shoppers and tourists alike. Not long ago, you were wanting to close public toilets to save money. You were not interesting in spending a penny on improvements (excuse the pun). If these improvements are so 'hugely important' to councillor Tanner, why wasn't the work done years ago? Be honest councillor Tanner, you people at the council don't know if you are coming, or going. mandate
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5:18pm Wed 7 Nov 12

Myron Blatz says...

As one od bloke told me about Cllr Tanner and his 'Cleaner-Greener' image, "like them windfarms wot that Tanner has supported, most of what he says seems all wind." I couldn't possibly comment, but this particular City councill does seem to have the unquestionable ability to back-pedal! After years of neglect by City Council, we certainly need our public toilets upgraded - but not so sure whether Oxford really needs Cllr Tanner? Still, he did get elected democratically, so if people don't like what he says or does, then the next City and County Council elections would seem an ideal time to rectify matters, rather than part-swearing in the Mail.
As one od bloke told me about Cllr Tanner and his 'Cleaner-Greener' image, "like them windfarms wot that Tanner has supported, most of what he says seems all wind." I couldn't possibly comment, but this particular City councill does seem to have the unquestionable ability to back-pedal! After years of neglect by City Council, we certainly need our public toilets upgraded - but not so sure whether Oxford really needs Cllr Tanner? Still, he did get elected democratically, so if people don't like what he says or does, then the next City and County Council elections would seem an ideal time to rectify matters, rather than part-swearing in the Mail. Myron Blatz
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6:13pm Wed 7 Nov 12

hawkeye1 says...

When they are finished !!!!!!! how about leaving them open past 5 pm when the Market closes, same as most shops also, so does not leave many choices if you are too young to go into a pub, and I agree with Bart Simpson, re open the gents in St Giles, check the records, when was the last pedestrian run over in that area, why not split the ladies toilet in the same area as it has two entrances, put a wall up, one side men, other side women.
When they are finished !!!!!!! how about leaving them open past 5 pm when the Market closes, same as most shops also, so does not leave many choices if you are too young to go into a pub, and I agree with Bart Simpson, re open the gents in St Giles, check the records, when was the last pedestrian run over in that area, why not split the ladies toilet in the same area as it has two entrances, put a wall up, one side men, other side women. hawkeye1
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7:11am Thu 8 Nov 12

Sandy Wimpole-Smythe says...

Judging by the picture they haven't actually started yet !!
Judging by the picture they haven't actually started yet !! Sandy Wimpole-Smythe
  • Score: 0

9:29am Sat 10 Nov 12

Sophia says...

Moan moan grumble grumble whinge whinge

Oh of course, its 10 November, International Sad Old Gits Day

I for one welcome the chance to p+ss on Co. Tanner's bright idea
Moan moan grumble grumble whinge whinge Oh of course, its 10 November, International Sad Old Gits Day I for one welcome the chance to p+ss on Co. Tanner's bright idea Sophia
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