FEARS have been raised over the future of the toilets in Boston’s Market Place after the Assembly Rooms was sold.
The public conveniences have been included in the sale to an unknown buyer, and the council has said it has no control over what is done with the space in future, as no planning applications have yet been received for the building.
Closure of the loos would mean those who happen to be caught short in the Market Place, would have to walk up to Central Park to use the facilities there.
A campaign has been launched asking people to speak out to safeguard the loos.
Coun Carol Taylor, who is spearheading the campaign, said “It was decided that if the toilets are sold there are sufficient other amenities around the town.
“If the good people of Boston want to keep or close the public toilets you must speak up and show the council that it is your decision.”
The sale of the Assembly Rooms, was agreed by Cabinet – not full council – and has sparked controversy. Several councillors, including Alison Austin have now requested a special meeting on the matter.
“I, supported by others, have therefore invoked a clause in the council constitution demanding a special council meeting to debate the sale and its long-term implications,” she said.
The council’s Labour group has also expressed concern over the potential loss of the facility. In a recent letter to The Standard, they said: “Toilets are key to the success of our new Market Place which will assist with tourism to our historic town, and we are amazed that after spending £2 million on refurbishing our new Market Place, the first thing to be closed is our toilets.”
And the campaign has even gained the attention of the British Toilet Association, with the management committee saying it was ‘dismayed’ at the possible closure of the facilities.
Information published by the association states that a lack of public toilets can cause health issues and encourage ‘unhygienic practices’.
Boston BID manager Niall Armstrong agreed the toilets enhanced that part of town. He said: “I would not like to see them close. It’s what people expect – a public convenience within a reasonable walking distance. It’s a case of convenience for visitors.”