Public toilets in Weston village in Bath have won a stay of execution after Bath and North East Somerset Council confirmed that plans to close the toilets would be put back to April next year.
The Liberal Democrat-run Council had been planning on closing the public toilets from the 1st August, sparking an outcry amongst the local community in Weston.
However, following strong opposition from local residents and High Street traders, backed by local councillor Colin Barrett, B&NES has granted the toilets a temporary reprieve whilst it conducts more work on trying to find alternative toilet provision in the area.
Cllr Colin Barrett, who organised a 300-hundred signature petition against the closure plans, has welcomed the news. He said:
“It’s good news for Weston that we have managed to force the Council to back down from closing our toilets this year. Local residents and traders are totally opposed to closing these toilets, which are well used and right on a busy High Street.
“But the battle isn’t over yet. The Council is still planning on closing the toilets from next April. The Council had promised it would keep them open until an alternative is found, so unless a satisfactory alternative is found I will be fighting to keep them open permanently.”