Hereford public loos to reopen

Ledbury Reporter: Hereford City Council re-open a public toilet which members of the public can now use for a cost of 20p.
Councillor Jim Kenyon outside the toilet on East Street. (6370592) Hereford City Council re-open a public toilet which members of the public can now use for a cost of 20p. Councillor Jim Kenyon outside the toilet on East Street. (6370592)

PUBLIC loos are open again in Hereford city centre, working on a ‘pay as you go’ system.

On Saturday the conveniences on East Street reopened – making it the first public loo in the city to reopen after, 12 months ago, Herefordshire Council announced that all the county’s public facilities would close due to budget cuts.

Hereford City Council stepped in, helping to fund loos on East Street and, by next month, those on Union Street.

The toilets use a coin-operated lock, costing 20p, which will help contribute to the cleaning costs.

However they will be free for disabled users, who can access them using a RADAR key – a scheme which allows diasabled people access to more than 9, 000 loos nationwide via a key they purchase from their local authority.

A similar lock will be fitted to the single loo on Union Street, and it is expected to reopen within the next fortnight.

Councillor Jim Kenyon said the scheme is another sign that Hereford city centre is “open for business”.

He said: “It’s part of ongoing strategy.

“We want to open up more toilets, or – if that’s not possible – get the County Council to allow the space to be used for something else.”

One idea - for the conveniences in St Martins – is to open a shop on the site, which could help fund the operating costs for other Hereford los.

Both East Street and Union Street have limited cleaning costs – they are high-tech ‘self-cleaning toilets’ – but there still remains ongoing costs that will have to be subsidised by the city council in addition to the 20p usage fee.

Incoming mayor, councillor Len Tawn, said: “Concern has been raised by citizens and local businesses about tourists and shoppers not coming to Hereford because of the toilets closing.

“We hope to work with Herefordshire Council to get some more toilets opened in the near future.

“But I am really pleased we have been able to get this toilet re-opened. “

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5:49pm Tue 20 May 14

drjazz says...

Well done!
Well done! drjazz
  • Score: 11

7:22pm Tue 20 May 14

RogerLFC says...

You can get a RADAR toilet key off the internet for a couple of quid ...

When those toilets were last open the local drunk hobo's would be in that large disabled toilet for hours on end having booze parties!
You can get a RADAR toilet key off the internet for a couple of quid ... When those toilets were last open the local drunk hobo's would be in that large disabled toilet for hours on end having booze parties! RogerLFC
  • Score: 2

7:31pm Tue 20 May 14

TwoWheelsGood says...

Good on Jim Kenyon and the City Council - this is what our arrogant and inept District Council should have done in the first place.
Good on Jim Kenyon and the City Council - this is what our arrogant and inept District Council should have done in the first place. TwoWheelsGood
  • Score: 10

7:57pm Tue 20 May 14

avaniceday says...

20p to spend a penny, sounds like a bargain to me!?
20p to spend a penny, sounds like a bargain to me!? avaniceday
  • Score: 8

9:49pm Tue 20 May 14

silentbull2 says...

Mmmm spend 20p for a drafty, damp cold toilet without a clean seat which hasn't been cleaned for days
Or
Go to the nearest pub, shop supermarket and use there's which are checked regularly, clean and for free!!!

Going to the toilet is a basic, natural 'RIGHT' which should be covered by the extortionate council tax we all pay! !!
We are all entering a world of "pay more get less" and nobody seems to care!!
Mmmm spend 20p for a drafty, damp cold toilet without a clean seat which hasn't been cleaned for days Or Go to the nearest pub, shop supermarket and use there's which are checked regularly, clean and for free!!! Going to the toilet is a basic, natural 'RIGHT' which should be covered by the extortionate council tax we all pay! !! We are all entering a world of "pay more get less" and nobody seems to care!! silentbull2
  • Score: 13

11:01pm Tue 20 May 14

Hereford person says...

Great to have these conveniences but those of us who pay council taxes pay both councils to provide them.
But the county don't do nothing but the city do so we are paying twice for one service.
Great to have these conveniences but those of us who pay council taxes pay both councils to provide them. But the county don't do nothing but the city do so we are paying twice for one service. Hereford person
  • Score: 9

4:18am Wed 21 May 14

WYSIATI says...

Not sure "pay as you go" is the best description - hopefully it's pay before you go or things are going to get messy.

I imagine we've missed the chance to require shops in the new development to provide public access facilities as a small service in return for the public investment in site, buildings, infrastructure?
Not sure "pay as you go" is the best description - hopefully it's pay before you go or things are going to get messy. I imagine we've missed the chance to require shops in the new development to provide public access facilities as a small service in return for the public investment in site, buildings, infrastructure? WYSIATI
  • Score: 2

10:32am Wed 21 May 14

Aquarius says...

Hereford person wrote:
Great to have these conveniences but those of us who pay council taxes pay both councils to provide them.
But the county don't do nothing but the city do so we are paying twice for one service.
I think the reality is that councils aren't legally obliged to provide toilets, and many are now wriggling out of the responsibility at the earliest opportunity, citing spending cuts as a reason. Case in point: Shropshire Council. Town Councils are taking over some loos there. But as far as the county council there goes, the message is: No Loos? Hard luck.

Be thankful for what is happening in Hereford!
[quote][p][bold]Hereford person[/bold] wrote: Great to have these conveniences but those of us who pay council taxes pay both councils to provide them. But the county don't do nothing but the city do so we are paying twice for one service.[/p][/quote]I think the reality is that councils aren't legally obliged to provide toilets, and many are now wriggling out of the responsibility at the earliest opportunity, citing spending cuts as a reason. Case in point: Shropshire Council. Town Councils are taking over some loos there. But as far as the county council there goes, the message is: No Loos? Hard luck. Be thankful for what is happening in Hereford! Aquarius
  • Score: 2

12:05pm Wed 21 May 14

dodger3 says...

What amazes me with public toilets is that they encourage drug users with the facility to dispose of syringes. The toilets in East street had a reputation for drug and alcohol abuse. Will use M@S when in town-of course I am a regular customer!
What amazes me with public toilets is that they encourage drug users with the facility to dispose of syringes. The toilets in East street had a reputation for drug and alcohol abuse. Will use M@S when in town-of course I am a regular customer! dodger3
  • Score: -5

12:15pm Wed 21 May 14

Herefordian07 says...

This isn't a U turn by our council is it? Businesses did say the closures would affect visitors but the warnings went unheeded by our beloved leaders. I drove to Shrewsbury via Church Stretton last Saturday and had a brilliant shopping experience, they have two large shopping centres in Shrewsbury city centre the Darwin and Pride Hill, both are discreetly blended into the historic streets and have multi levels with a good assortment of high street names plus smaller shops for individual private businesses a perfect blend for shoppers, and the public conveniences were all open at no charge, what a shame Hereford council hadn't looked at Shrewsbury before building our blot on the landscape OLM, having said that I am glad for common sense at last and having toilets available again in our city.
This isn't a U turn by our council is it? Businesses did say the closures would affect visitors but the warnings went unheeded by our beloved leaders. I drove to Shrewsbury via Church Stretton last Saturday and had a brilliant shopping experience, they have two large shopping centres in Shrewsbury city centre the Darwin and Pride Hill, both are discreetly blended into the historic streets and have multi levels with a good assortment of high street names plus smaller shops for individual private businesses a perfect blend for shoppers, and the public conveniences were all open at no charge, what a shame Hereford council hadn't looked at Shrewsbury before building our blot on the landscape OLM, having said that I am glad for common sense at last and having toilets available again in our city. Herefordian07
  • Score: 4

1:04pm Wed 21 May 14

littlewhitebull says...

"Pay-as-you-go" - What happens if you pay your 20 pence and then can't go?
"Pay-as-you-go" - What happens if you pay your 20 pence and then can't go? littlewhitebull
  • Score: 2

1:12pm Wed 21 May 14

B the B says...

Perhaps the council could buy some ride on mowers and charge 50p to have go, self funding grass cutting
Perhaps the council could buy some ride on mowers and charge 50p to have go, self funding grass cutting B the B
  • Score: 12

8:27pm Wed 21 May 14

GertrudeBeach says...

littlewhitebull wrote:
"Pay-as-you-go" - What happens if you pay your 20 pence and then can't go?
A bit like Russian Roulette
[quote][p][bold]littlewhitebull[/bold] wrote: "Pay-as-you-go" - What happens if you pay your 20 pence and then can't go?[/p][/quote]A bit like Russian Roulette GertrudeBeach
  • Score: 0

6:20am Thu 22 May 14

Wreckerman says...

I hated using public toilets so I learned to control myself and haven't used one in the last 50 years.
I hated using public toilets so I learned to control myself and haven't used one in the last 50 years. Wreckerman
  • Score: 2

6:24am Thu 22 May 14

Wreckerman says...

Instead of using public toilets I just tie a knot in it and wait til I get home!
Instead of using public toilets I just tie a knot in it and wait til I get home! Wreckerman
  • Score: 0

8:38am Thu 22 May 14

Hereford Voice says...

Well done Jim, great effort on your part sir! Now we all have a choice, prior to this initiative we had no choice or very little. 20p is fair I think.
Well done Jim, great effort on your part sir! Now we all have a choice, prior to this initiative we had no choice or very little. 20p is fair I think. Hereford Voice
  • Score: 2

10:06pm Thu 22 May 14

LR3661 says...

dodger3 wrote:
What amazes me with public toilets is that they encourage drug users with the facility to dispose of syringes. The toilets in East street had a reputation for drug and alcohol abuse. Will use M@S when in town-of course I am a regular customer!
Better that used syringes are in a bin than on the street for children to find or tread on!
[quote][p][bold]dodger3[/bold] wrote: What amazes me with public toilets is that they encourage drug users with the facility to dispose of syringes. The toilets in East street had a reputation for drug and alcohol abuse. Will use M@S when in town-of course I am a regular customer![/p][/quote]Better that used syringes are in a bin than on the street for children to find or tread on! LR3661
  • Score: 3

11:33am Fri 23 May 14

Bindi2014 says...

20p is a lot for some people who use the loo a lot, for example diabetic people use them a lot more than most. I'm just going to use McDonald's. At least there free. lol :)
20p is a lot for some people who use the loo a lot, for example diabetic people use them a lot more than most. I'm just going to use McDonald's. At least there free. lol :) Bindi2014
  • Score: 0

3:16pm Mon 26 May 14

saidflo says...

Well done Jim Kenyon and whoever else helped too.

You're a credit to Hereford and Herefordshire always ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in when needed :D

I'll certainly vote for you again Jim.
Well done Jim Kenyon and whoever else helped too. You're a credit to Hereford and Herefordshire always ready to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in when needed :D I'll certainly vote for you again Jim. saidflo
  • Score: 1

9:44pm Tue 3 Jun 14

Wattsy.no1 says...

Good start, but surely the loos by the bus station are also needed for newly arrived passengers??
Good start, but surely the loos by the bus station are also needed for newly arrived passengers?? Wattsy.no1
  • Score: 1

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