Anger as B&NES pushes ahead with Keynsham park toilet cuts

Conservative Councillors in Keynsham have expressed anger at the news that B&NES Council is to push ahead with plans to cut capacity at the public toilets in Keynsham’s Memorial Park.

Under plans drawn up by the Council’s contractor Healthmatic, capacity at the public toilets in Keynsham’s Memorial Park is to be reduced to just one unisex cubicle and one disabled toilet.  Currently, the park has two ladies’ cubicles plus one male cubicle and a urinal.

The announcement that the Lib Dem-run Council is to push ahead with the changes comes despite the fact a 675-signature petition calling for the plans to be reconsidered was organised by local councillors and presented to the B&NES last month.

The six Conservative councillors representing the town have said they feel ‘angered and betrayed’ by the fact B&NES has ignored their pleas, and have pointed to the fact the Council has agreed to amend its plans for other public toilets in Bath.

Councillor Charles Gerrish (Cons, Keynsham North) said:

“We are extremely disappointed that the Lib Dems have completely ignored our petition calling for a rethink of these plans.  Along with local residents, we feel angered and completely let down by the Council.

“Residents and park users have repeatedly told us that they are deeply concerned that the cut in toilet capacity could result in longer queues at busy times, particularly during summer holidays.”

Fellow Keynsham Councillor Marie Longstaff (Cons, Keynsham East) added:

“There is still time for the Council to halt these plans, rethink them, consult with park users and ensure there remains adequate toilet capacity at the Memorial Park. The Council has amended its plans in other locations to increase planned toilet capacity, such as at Bath’s Victoria Park, so it’s clear they could do the same here if they decided to listen to our genuine concerns.”