Toilets revamp ‘is just flushing money away’

The Oxford Times: Jean Fooks Jean Fooks

MONEY being spent on refurbishing toilets in the Town Hall during the peak tourist season should have gone to the Covered Market, it has been claimed.

Oxford City Council has said that more people visiting the St Aldate’s building has put pressure on its ground floor toilets, which are being given a major overhaul.

But Wolvercote city councillor Jean Fooks has complained that work being carried out is ill-timed and will not address availability problems.

She said: “This is the peak tourist season when lots of people come to see Town Hall, visit the museum or have a coffee in the cafe.

“It is not visitor-friendly to find that, although there are now a small number of ladies’ loos where the gents used to be, the gents have to go upstairs and very out of the way, which is simply not possible for anyone less mobile.”

Mrs Fooks also hit out at the cost of the refurbishment, currently set to be £250,000.

Oxford City Council spokeswoman Louisa Dean said: “The work has been timed to coincide with what are relatively quiet months for events at the Town Hall.

“If the work were to take place in busier months, the reduced toilet capacity available would mean that we would be unable to host some very popular and well attended events.

“The work will be completed in August and will result in a great improvement for all visitors to the Town Hall.”

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9:41am Wed 25 Jun 14

Quentin Walker says...

"... Mrs Fooks also hit out at the cost of the refurbishment, currently set to be £250,000...".

I'm with her on this one. I find it difficult to imagine how such a sum can be justified. Unless it is a difficult and protracted undertaking, then perhaps the procurement department should be investigated.
"... Mrs Fooks also hit out at the cost of the refurbishment, currently set to be £250,000...". I'm with her on this one. I find it difficult to imagine how such a sum can be justified. Unless it is a difficult and protracted undertaking, then perhaps the procurement department should be investigated. Quentin Walker
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10:05am Wed 25 Jun 14

mytaxes says...

It's only taxpayers money, never seems to bother them at any other time. I wonder how much they will increase council tax by next year as they continue to blame the cuts. Mr. Clean and Green Tanner seems to be remarkably quiet on the subject.
It's only taxpayers money, never seems to bother them at any other time. I wonder how much they will increase council tax by next year as they continue to blame the cuts. Mr. Clean and Green Tanner seems to be remarkably quiet on the subject. mytaxes
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11:14am Wed 25 Jun 14

Andrew:Oxford says...

It does seem rather a lot for a loo. Perhaps "The Oxford Mail" could ask M&S how much it cost them to have their loos refurbished (to make up for the lack sanitary public funded alternatives in the city).

Although I do wonder why they have to have seperate ladies and gents loos. The modern offices I've worked in recently are all "unisex". Multiple cubicles, one wide access and plenty of sinks.
It does seem rather a lot for a loo. Perhaps "The Oxford Mail" could ask M&S how much it cost them to have their loos refurbished (to make up for the lack sanitary public funded alternatives in the city). Although I do wonder why they have to have seperate ladies and gents loos. The modern offices I've worked in recently are all "unisex". Multiple cubicles, one wide access and plenty of sinks. Andrew:Oxford
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