Riverside Toilets

Contrasting Priorities - Stourport Toilets     July 2018

                                                     Stourport's riverside toilets

  Councillor Vi Higgs     Councillor Vi Higgs writes,

"The afternoon of Monday 23rd July was sunny and very warm. Stourport riverside was thronged with people ....... and the men's public toilets were shut. These are the only public toilets in town. What a situation for a holiday town! 

What's more, a riverside signboard misleads visitors by showing out-of-date information, stating that there are two other public toilets in the town centre - in Raven Street and Vale Road.

Earlier this year, Labour produced an affordable plan for the construction of new town centre public toilets, on part of the existing temporary car park in Bridge Street. The capital cost would have been around £200,000. Alas, the ruling Conservatives on Wyre Forest District Council turned it down, even though the capital sum would have been provided by Stourport Town Council! 

Contrast this refusal with the Conservatives’ willingness to spend £916,940 in Bewdley town centre to create 22 extra car parking spaces. This extravagant level of expenditure was part of the land swop arrangement which saw Bewdley Medical Centre constructed on part of the Dog Lane car park.

Bewdley may need extra parking spaces - Stourport definitely needs another public toilet block. Labour will continue to advocate for its construction.

Councillor Vi Higgs  


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