Major health and safety issues have been caused by the loss of the public toilets in Boston’s Market Place, it has been claimed.
The loos at the Assembly Rooms have only been closed for a few weeks, but already stallholders at the twice-weekly market have experienced problems.
Some people have been having trouble finding the time to leave their stalls to walk to the alternative facilities at Central Park, and other have experienced health and safety issues by not having hand-washing facilities nearby.
Alan Brandon, who runs the fruit and vegetable stall on Fish Hill, told The Standard: “Where are my girls going to wash their hands? There was a time when we could provide hand-washing but there are no facilities now.
“And they need to go to the toilet. There are health and safety issues and somebody needs to do something about it.
“They should have provided portaloos or something.”
His daughter Kelly, who also works on the stall, added: “It’s ten minutes to the park and back. It’s a diabolical liberty.”
They added it was causing problems for lone traders, who have to leave stalls unmanned when they are caught short.
The toilets were sold along with the Assembly Rooms to entertainment entrepreneur Matt Clark, who said it would not make financial sense to keep them open.
Boston Borough Council has said there are a sufficient amount of toilets in the town and that the Assembly Rooms sale was needed to save on the cost of its upkeep.