Helston toilet set to reopen after people pee in doorway

Falmouth Packet: Helston toilet set to reopen after people pee in doorway Helston toilet set to reopen after people pee in doorway

Helston is to once again have three sets of public toilets in the very near future.

The existing disabled toilet at the currently closed Trengrouse Way facilities are to be refitted to become a unisex toilet serving that end of the town.

The news will no doubt come as a relief to visitors and residents of the town who have been caught short by the closure, which was forced by funding cuts.

Although the toilets behind the Guildhall and at the bottom of Coinagehall Street have remained in use, people have apparently been using the wall outside the Trengrouse Way building on which to relieve themselves.

Helston Town Council’s policy, finance and resources committee has agreed to pay for the maintenance of the toilet and the opening and shutting each night out of its “devolution of assets and services” budget, with Cornwall Council covering the cost of turning the disabled toilet into a unisex facility.

At the same time, members agreed the opening time of all three sets of toilets in the town will be extended to 6pm between April 1 and September 30, from the existing 5pm.

There will also be exceptions, such as on May 1, Flora Day, harvest fair carnival and the Christmas lights switch on, when the facilities will remain open even later.

Town councillor Gillian Geer told the committee about an electronic system that would allow the council to set the time for when the toilet doors would automatically lock.

She acknowledged that the locks were quite expensive, but believed that the amount saved by not paying a company to close them would cover the cost quite quickly.

A firm would still need to be paid to open the facilities each day.

Mr Radford-Gaby said the suggestion sounded “eminently sensible” to look into. For the remainder of the building, the town council is to pay to turn the cubicles into extra storage space for itself. This will largely involve removing the partitions and toilets.

Mr Radford-Gaby said he would also like to look into removing the “wing” walls that currently exist, to make the whole area more “transparent.”

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11:14am Wed 17 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

This is the most sensible option. A unisex/ disabled toilet. A good decision by the Town Council.
This is the most sensible option. A unisex/ disabled toilet. A good decision by the Town Council. Gillian Zella Martin 09

12:29pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Toffer99 says...

I suppose you can't quite call it "voting with your feet" but it appears to have had the desired effect.
I suppose you can't quite call it "voting with your feet" but it appears to have had the desired effect. Toffer99

12:47pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

I and probably many others, predicted (and voiced my opinion) that if Cornwall Council were to close toilets or force the responsibilities onto town councils then this would happen and it would result in a cleaning bill.
Credit to Helston Town Council who have resolved the issue quickly and with the best and most appropriate option.
I and probably many others, predicted (and voiced my opinion) that if Cornwall Council were to close toilets or force the responsibilities onto town councils then this would happen and it would result in a cleaning bill. Credit to Helston Town Council who have resolved the issue quickly and with the best and most appropriate option. Gillian Zella Martin 09

2:25pm Wed 17 Jul 13

telstar1962 says...

I'll have a P please, Bob....
I'll have a P please, Bob.... telstar1962

9:28pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Not that I needed them, but I noticed the Guildhall toilets were open Sunday, I was impressed. Many towns do not open their toilets Sundays, I've never quite worked out why they think people wouldn't need a toilet on a Sunday.
Not that I needed them, but I noticed the Guildhall toilets were open Sunday, I was impressed. Many towns do not open their toilets Sundays, I've never quite worked out why they think people wouldn't need a toilet on a Sunday. Gillian Zella Martin 09

9:55pm Wed 17 Jul 13

SBlandford says...

Fair play.

What would happen if they installed that computerised lock system and someone who was using the toilets got locked in as they timed their visit badly?
Fair play. What would happen if they installed that computerised lock system and someone who was using the toilets got locked in as they timed their visit badly? SBlandford

10:19pm Wed 17 Jul 13

meerkats says...

SBlandford wrote:
Fair play.

What would happen if they installed that computerised lock system and someone who was using the toilets got locked in as they timed their visit badly?
I did wonder that myself ,it would be an added expense if someone has to come out to rescue them .
[quote][p][bold]SBlandford[/bold] wrote: Fair play. What would happen if they installed that computerised lock system and someone who was using the toilets got locked in as they timed their visit badly?[/p][/quote]I did wonder that myself ,it would be an added expense if someone has to come out to rescue them . meerkats

10:41pm Wed 17 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

You can get out from the inside with those locks once they have been activated. The doors can also be wedged ajar by people wanting to keep them open after night closing time.
I doubt the council will fit one.
You can get out from the inside with those locks once they have been activated. The doors can also be wedged ajar by people wanting to keep them open after night closing time. I doubt the council will fit one. Gillian Zella Martin 09

9:21am Thu 18 Jul 13

Ian Bennett says...

Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.
Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use. Ian Bennett

9:44am Thu 18 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Ian Bennett wrote:
Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.
Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :)
[quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.[/p][/quote]Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :) Gillian Zella Martin 09

9:45am Thu 18 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Previous post should have read 'effort' not effect.
Previous post should have read 'effort' not effect. Gillian Zella Martin 09

10:19am Thu 18 Jul 13

Ian Bennett says...

Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Ian Bennett wrote:
Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.
Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :)
Note I said "claims to be a prime shopping destination". The lack of such facilities is one of the reasons that the claim is unjustified, and the town is not thriving. Helston has some minor faults of course, but is still a splendid town, despite Cornwall Council's best efforts.
[quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.[/p][/quote]Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :)[/p][/quote]Note I said "claims to be a prime shopping destination". The lack of such facilities is one of the reasons that the claim is unjustified, and the town is not thriving. Helston has some minor faults of course, but is still a splendid town, despite Cornwall Council's best efforts. Ian Bennett

10:41am Thu 18 Jul 13

Gillian Zella Martin 09 says...

Ian Bennett wrote:
Gillian Zella Martin 09 wrote:
Ian Bennett wrote:
Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.
Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :)
Note I said "claims to be a prime shopping destination". The lack of such facilities is one of the reasons that the claim is unjustified, and the town is not thriving. Helston has some minor faults of course, but is still a splendid town, despite Cornwall Council's best efforts.
With Helston's current Town Council and its excellent leadership and the HBIP I am sure between them they will manage to eliminate any faults. :)
[quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Gillian Zella Martin 09[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Ian Bennett[/bold] wrote: Readers may care to know that in my home town, which has almost ten times the population of Helston and claims to be a prime shopping destination, there are two public toilets. One is in the town centre and is open Monday to Saturday 09:30am-5pm, and has no baby changing facilities; the other in a public park nearly a mile away. Both are free to use.[/p][/quote]Yes, I believe yours is not an isolated case. I think we are lucky in Helston with our facilities, however, Helston is full of hills and we do have a large elderly population in Cornwall, and bearing in mind Helston Town Centre is currently trying to stave off the affects of large out of town supermarkets it is wise to do everything possible to encourage in town shopping. You may be lucky in respect that your town does not need to make an effect to attract shoppers as it thrives well anyway. I hope next time you visit Helston you notice the difference :)[/p][/quote]Note I said "claims to be a prime shopping destination". The lack of such facilities is one of the reasons that the claim is unjustified, and the town is not thriving. Helston has some minor faults of course, but is still a splendid town, despite Cornwall Council's best efforts.[/p][/quote]With Helston's current Town Council and its excellent leadership and the HBIP I am sure between them they will manage to eliminate any faults. :) Gillian Zella Martin 09

11:38am Thu 18 Jul 13

meerkats says...

Getting these toilets re opened is a very good start .
Getting these toilets re opened is a very good start . meerkats

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