Turnstiles and a cage put up around public loos in Blackpool – to stop people getting free goes – have been called “ugly” and “mean spirited”.
The toilets, on the Central Car Park next to Bonny Street and opposite the Coral Island arcade, have been upgraded by their owner Danfo in a clampdown on those who dodge paying to spend a penny.
The old system of using “coin boxes and doors that open out” was compromised by doors being propped or held open to permit those queuing to have a free go, documents filed with Blackpool Council said.
But Coun Tony Williams, the opposition leader at the council, said the structure is “ugly, not called for, and mean spirited”.
We asked for your views:
A pay toilet is a public toilet that requires the user to pay. It may be street furniture or be inside a building, e.g. a shopping mall, department store, or railway station. The reason for charging money is usually for the maintenance of the equipment. Paying to use a toilet can be traced back almost 2000 years, to the first century AD.
The cost of having the facility is for the cleaning / hot water ./toilet tissue/soap/lighting and drying etc, and maintaining them ..and none of that is free.
The disabled one other side won’t even let you use a radar key as keyhole has been cut to tight, reported it but nothing gets done.
It’s a human right to use a bathroom so I don’t understand how they get away with charging when it’s a basic human right
Soph Marie Lawrence
Soph Marie Lawrence. feel free to build a toilet block out of your own money and allow anyone to use it free of charge whilst maintaining and cleaning on a daily basis.
Bring back toilet attendants instead ♀️.... and we need more loos in the town.... it’s archaic that we haven’t enough- it’s a tourist hotspot for goodness sake and I don’t mind whatsoever paying for a nice clean loo... Give some people a job
on the other side of the road is the arcades and bars , with guess what free toilets ,and the street behind that is houndshill shopping centre , with free toilets , what a eye sore of a mess , they earn enough money off the car parks as it is
More like to stop the homeless sleeping there‼️ bet it cost a fair few pounds why couldn’t they of used that money to put towards the homeless charity instead of waisting more money!
Why did they get rid of the original block which also had historic value ? Absolute shambles !
Looks like a mini prison lol. Wonder if they’ll do this at the south shore one near the south Pleasure Beach entrance?
This why people use the streets as toilets