Right to spend a penny is losing council £19k a year

Right to spend a penny is losing council £19k a year

Right to spend a penny is losing council £19k a year

First published in South Essex

A RARELY-used public toilet in Billericay, which is losing more than £19,000 a year, won’t have the chain pulled on its contract, despite pleas from a former town councillor.

Terry Gandy is incensed Billericay Town Council is paying out £20,000 a year for the automatic toilet, situated in a car park behind Iceland, which only an average of eight people use each day – generating just £655 a year.

The toilet was installed seven years ago, after councillors voted to enter into a 15-year lease with toilet company, Healthmatic, which owns the toilet.

Mr Gandy of Norsey View Drive says the council acted too hastily in signing a lease for such a lengthy period.

He added: “The council said at the time the people of Billericay wanted a public toilet, but they didn’t want an automatic toilet.

They wanted a proper town toilet, like the one that used to be in the Waitrose car park.”

If the council pulls out of the lease now there will be a penalty of around £50,000, but Mr Gandy believes the saving of £112,000 would be worth it.

Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it.

“Only one person in Billericay has ever objected to the provision of this facility. More than 3,000 people use it every year. Those statistics speak for themselves.”

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11:06am Tue 2 Sep 14

Kim Gandy says...

"Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it."

Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip.

Twenty four hours a day? And who will be using it at 4am then?

£20,000 a year for a return of £655. Hmmm yeah, great use of public funds eh. Makes great economic sense. Not.

Oh and I am not related to Terry Gandy nor am I a member of UKIP. Just for the record, before the usual seething loonies start ranting.
"Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it." Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip. Twenty four hours a day? And who will be using it at 4am then? £20,000 a year for a return of £655. Hmmm yeah, great use of public funds eh. Makes great economic sense. Not. Oh and I am not related to Terry Gandy nor am I a member of UKIP. Just for the record, before the usual seething loonies start ranting. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 3

11:22am Tue 2 Sep 14

ShipShape says...

As an urban music chappie would exclaim,
'Dat sh!ts expensive!'
As an urban music chappie would exclaim, 'Dat sh!ts expensive!' ShipShape
  • Score: 3

12:06pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Ian P says...

"situated in a car park behind Iceland". I do not know Billericay very well, but it seems to me that it is maybe located in the wrong place, with many people, especially visitors not knowing of its existence.
"situated in a car park behind Iceland". I do not know Billericay very well, but it seems to me that it is maybe located in the wrong place, with many people, especially visitors not knowing of its existence. Ian P
  • Score: 3

12:14pm Tue 2 Sep 14

Howard Cháse says...

That bloke obviously spends far too much time hanging about outside public toilets.
That bloke obviously spends far too much time hanging about outside public toilets. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 4

12:17pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sesibollox says...

Kim Gandy wrote:
"Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it."

Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip.

Twenty four hours a day? And who will be using it at 4am then?

£20,000 a year for a return of £655. Hmmm yeah, great use of public funds eh. Makes great economic sense. Not.

Oh and I am not related to Terry Gandy nor am I a member of UKIP. Just for the record, before the usual seething loonies start ranting.
Ive just got up after a good night at the tables, now tis public loo needs to remain, makes an ideal shelter in winter
[quote][p][bold]Kim Gandy[/bold] wrote: "Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it." Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip. Twenty four hours a day? And who will be using it at 4am then? £20,000 a year for a return of £655. Hmmm yeah, great use of public funds eh. Makes great economic sense. Not. Oh and I am not related to Terry Gandy nor am I a member of UKIP. Just for the record, before the usual seething loonies start ranting.[/p][/quote]Ive just got up after a good night at the tables, now tis public loo needs to remain, makes an ideal shelter in winter sesibollox
  • Score: -2

1:58pm Tue 2 Sep 14

cropped hero says...

Kim Gandy says:

"Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it."

Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip.

Oh dear, yet again you havent read the article Gandy. What is the matter with you? Nowhere does it say that people are using the public lavatory.........doe
s it? Thought not.

The problem lies with its location. Who would want to go into a car park behind Iceland to use a public lavatory? Move it to somewhere more central which in many ways would also be safer.
Kim Gandy says: "Councillor John Buchanan, chairman of Billericay Town Council, said: “The town council is committed to providing this service 24 hours a day, seven days a week, to the residents and visitors of Billericay and has no intention of withdrawing it." Er.... but they are not using it. And let's face it, there are toilets in the pubs, bars and restaurants and residents of Billericay will mostly be within walking or short car distance of the High Street and will no doubt have relieved themselves BEFORE a shopping trip. Oh dear, yet again you havent read the article Gandy. What is the matter with you? Nowhere does it say that people are using the public lavatory.........doe s it? Thought not. The problem lies with its location. Who would want to go into a car park behind Iceland to use a public lavatory? Move it to somewhere more central which in many ways would also be safer. cropped hero
  • Score: 5

2:34pm Tue 2 Sep 14

sesibollox says...

Howard Cháse wrote:
That bloke obviously spends far too much time hanging about outside public toilets.
If you was Kim Gandy's hubby, you'd be be doing the same....
[quote][p][bold]Howard Cháse[/bold] wrote: That bloke obviously spends far too much time hanging about outside public toilets.[/p][/quote]If you was Kim Gandy's hubby, you'd be be doing the same.... sesibollox
  • Score: 5

10:12am Wed 3 Sep 14

Howard Cháse says...

Everyone nips into Genial Kevin Blake's Country Cottage in Lake Meadows Park recently refurbished at great expense to the local tax payer instead.
Everyone nips into Genial Kevin Blake's Country Cottage in Lake Meadows Park recently refurbished at great expense to the local tax payer instead. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 0
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