Borough council proposes to close Anchor Yard toilets in New Road

PUBLIC toilets in Basingstoke could be shut down – because they make the town centre look bad.

Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council has proposed shutting down the Anchor Yard toilets in New Road from October.

Another toilets set to be closed is the public facility at Buckingham Parade, in Kempshott.

By shutting the two toilets, the borough council would save £32,000 in annual running costs, and an anticipated £117,000 in maintenance over the next 20 years.

The proposals are set to go before the borough’s housing and environment committee on Thursday.

In a report, director of borough council services Karen Brimacombe recommends keeping the lesser-used toilets at Castons Yard, as it provides fresh water to the market.

She states: “These toilets, particularly at Anchor Yard, are outdated and do little to add to the positive image of Basingstoke town centre.

“The council has ambitious plans to regenerate Top of The Town and it would seem essential that it considers, as part of the Town Centre Project, what sort of facilities it would require in the future.”

The report adds: “The two toilet facilities are very close together, and the need for both to remain open, pending the provision of new facilities, is questioned.”

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2:57pm Wed 26 Jun 13

deepinsight says...

"A public toilets" ???

Shame on you Editor, surely that should read, "A public toliet's".
"A public toilets" ??? Shame on you Editor, surely that should read, "A public toliet's". deepinsight
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3:44pm Wed 26 Jun 13

wharfgoer1 says...

Who gives a ... well no one now :)
Who gives a ... well no one now :) wharfgoer1
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4:30pm Wed 26 Jun 13

cybersheeep says...

out of curiosity what makes these toilets "outdated"... has much changed in toilet technology recently?
out of curiosity what makes these toilets "outdated"... has much changed in toilet technology recently? cybersheeep
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8:03pm Wed 26 Jun 13

RgPostcode says...

Someones clearly never spoken to people from Berkshire who come here. They enter the town through Popley and have the perception Basingstoke is a whole council estate.

Also Church Street?

and Cybersheeep yes there has, Infact Festival Place Loo#s are now outdated.
Someones clearly never spoken to people from Berkshire who come here. They enter the town through Popley and have the perception Basingstoke is a whole council estate. Also Church Street? and Cybersheeep yes there has, Infact Festival Place Loo#s are now outdated. RgPostcode
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8:32am Thu 27 Jun 13

Folkestone Saint says...

£32000, how on earth can two toilets cost £32000 to run, also how close is the next lav and how much extra will it cost to clean the streets when people don't make that journey
£32000, how on earth can two toilets cost £32000 to run, also how close is the next lav and how much extra will it cost to clean the streets when people don't make that journey Folkestone Saint
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9:30am Thu 27 Jun 13

laurence86 says...

Plus they will have the extra revenue of ‘public order offence’ tickets from all the folks who can’t find a loo....
Plus they will have the extra revenue of ‘public order offence’ tickets from all the folks who can’t find a loo.... laurence86
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1:18pm Thu 27 Jun 13

RgPostcode says...

Folkestone Saint wrote:
£32000, how on earth can two toilets cost £32000 to run, also how close is the next lav and how much extra will it cost to clean the streets when people don't make that journey
The nearest Loo would be the ones by Mr Wimpy
[quote][p][bold]Folkestone Saint[/bold] wrote: £32000, how on earth can two toilets cost £32000 to run, also how close is the next lav and how much extra will it cost to clean the streets when people don't make that journey[/p][/quote]The nearest Loo would be the ones by Mr Wimpy RgPostcode
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6:48pm Thu 27 Jun 13

curtis57 says...

As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages?
councils are taken us for fools!!!!!
As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages? councils are taken us for fools!!!!! curtis57
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9:22pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

curtis57 wrote:
As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages?
councils are taken us for fools!!!!!
Well, the loss of this toilet is obviously going to affect you badly.
[quote][p][bold]curtis57[/bold] wrote: As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages? councils are taken us for fools!!!!![/p][/quote]Well, the loss of this toilet is obviously going to affect you badly. Best_Name_Ever
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9:22pm Thu 27 Jun 13

Best_Name_Ever says...

curtis57 wrote:
As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages?
councils are taken us for fools!!!!!
Well, the loss of this toilet is obviously going to affect you badly.
[quote][p][bold]curtis57[/bold] wrote: As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages? councils are taken us for fools!!!!![/p][/quote]Well, the loss of this toilet is obviously going to affect you badly. Best_Name_Ever
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7:59am Fri 28 Jun 13

jonone says...

curtis57 wrote:
As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages? councils are taken us for fools!!!!!
Go into McDonalds? Go to the library? Go to the toilets adjacent to Wimpy? Has the Willis Museum got any? It should do if it has a cafe?

Oh, hold on, I forget, they might have to walk an extra few metres....
[quote][p][bold]curtis57[/bold] wrote: As one has said on here the police will be having a field day & the courts? what are parents going to do when their children wish to go? have they pull their pants down and let them go in the gutter? as well adults? what a joke here we are in the 21 century but returning to the 19 /20 century? this £32k savings is going on staff wages? councils are taken us for fools!!!!![/p][/quote]Go into McDonalds? Go to the library? Go to the toilets adjacent to Wimpy? Has the Willis Museum got any? It should do if it has a cafe? Oh, hold on, I forget, they might have to walk an extra few metres.... jonone
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10:37pm Fri 28 Jun 13

Hiliter says...

The Tories voted to close Anchor Yard toilets and yet 174 people use these every day.
What wasnt said is that there are plans afoot to sell off this site.
Once again these Tories put money before people.
We know there is a rapidly growing number of elderly people in Basingstoke above the national average so why would the Tories ignore the needs of these people.Because this Administration is driven by money.
The evidence says older people are less likely to go out if they are not confident of finding toilet facilities.Such closures will impact on the isolation of older people.
This is a front line service which our Council should be providing and not expect our residents to rely on the grace and favour provision of private commercial organisations in the town who naturally will be primarily interested in their own customers.
The Tories voted to close Anchor Yard toilets and yet 174 people use these every day. What wasnt said is that there are plans afoot to sell off this site. Once again these Tories put money before people. We know there is a rapidly growing number of elderly people in Basingstoke above the national average so why would the Tories ignore the needs of these people.Because this Administration is driven by money. The evidence says older people are less likely to go out if they are not confident of finding toilet facilities.Such closures will impact on the isolation of older people. This is a front line service which our Council should be providing and not expect our residents to rely on the grace and favour provision of private commercial organisations in the town who naturally will be primarily interested in their own customers. Hiliter
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7:52am Mon 1 Jul 13

jonone says...

Hiliter wrote:
The Tories voted to close Anchor Yard toilets and yet 174 people use these every day. What wasnt said is that there are plans afoot to sell off this site. Once again these Tories put money before people. We know there is a rapidly growing number of elderly people in Basingstoke above the national average so why would the Tories ignore the needs of these people.Because this Administration is driven by money. The evidence says older people are less likely to go out if they are not confident of finding toilet facilities.Such closures will impact on the isolation of older people. This is a front line service which our Council should be providing and not expect our residents to rely on the grace and favour provision of private commercial organisations in the town who naturally will be primarily interested in their own customers.
These toilets are on the outside edge of the town centre. There are alternate toilets at the Willis Museum (Council Owned), the Discovery Centre (Council Owned) and Festival Place (Private Owned). How many toilets do we need just in case. I appreciate the necessity you state, but what do we do - have them on every street corner on the off chance someone cannot make it 5 mins without needing to go?
[quote][p][bold]Hiliter[/bold] wrote: The Tories voted to close Anchor Yard toilets and yet 174 people use these every day. What wasnt said is that there are plans afoot to sell off this site. Once again these Tories put money before people. We know there is a rapidly growing number of elderly people in Basingstoke above the national average so why would the Tories ignore the needs of these people.Because this Administration is driven by money. The evidence says older people are less likely to go out if they are not confident of finding toilet facilities.Such closures will impact on the isolation of older people. This is a front line service which our Council should be providing and not expect our residents to rely on the grace and favour provision of private commercial organisations in the town who naturally will be primarily interested in their own customers.[/p][/quote]These toilets are on the outside edge of the town centre. There are alternate toilets at the Willis Museum (Council Owned), the Discovery Centre (Council Owned) and Festival Place (Private Owned). How many toilets do we need just in case. I appreciate the necessity you state, but what do we do - have them on every street corner on the off chance someone cannot make it 5 mins without needing to go? jonone
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1:26pm Mon 1 Jul 13

Jonty11 says...

I'm with you Jonone - the Anchor Yard loo's are on the edge of town - and it's unlikely people who only occasionally visit Basingstoke have any clue they are there...........havi
ng walked past them on a multitude of occasions and been in to them just once (curiosity) - I can see that they are outdated.

No toilets have not changed over time - but compare those loo's to those in Festival Place (oh, and yes, there are also loo's in the Malls) and you can see the difference!

I don't even think these loo's are open in the evening - probably to do with vandalism and various unmentionable activities that seem to go on in public bogs ..........
I'm with you Jonone - the Anchor Yard loo's are on the edge of town - and it's unlikely people who only occasionally visit Basingstoke have any clue they are there...........havi ng walked past them on a multitude of occasions and been in to them just once (curiosity) - I can see that they are outdated. No toilets have not changed over time - but compare those loo's to those in Festival Place (oh, and yes, there are also loo's in the Malls) and you can see the difference! I don't even think these loo's are open in the evening - probably to do with vandalism and various unmentionable activities that seem to go on in public bogs .......... Jonty11
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