Time for Wokingham Borough to spend some pennies on a replacement public toilet for Woodley Town Centre

Woodley and Whitegates Liberal Democrats are calling on the Conservatives to return borough managed public toilets to Woodley town centre and the borough’s other commercial centres.  There is a clear need in a civilised society for public toilets in our commercial centres and the “local loos” scheme introduced by the Conservatives is just not good enough.

Lesley Hayward, Woodley Town Councillor for Bulmershe, says “Lib Dems in Woodley have undertaken extensive research and have confirmed that a good quality, modern, automatic, self-cleaning toilet with many anti-vandal features could be installed in the town centre for £80,000 to £100,000″. Lesley Hayward added that “Research has shown that a small charge of 20p is highly effective at reducing vandalism of public toilets and the borough council could use the income to cover a percentage of the annual running costs by making a charge so, overall, Lib Dems would support charging as a positive step in securing a long term future for public toilets in Woodley town centre.”

Plans for major developments at Sandford Farm, Reading University’s Bulmershe Campus, Old Addington School and the old LinPac site in Headley Road have been submitted to Wokingham Borough Council.  Phil Challis, Woodley Town Councillor for Loddon Airfield, says “Lib Dems are calling on the Wokingham Borough Council to ensure that developer contributions from all developments in Woodley are spent in Woodley for the benefit of new and existing residents and I feel that it would be absolutely right to spend some of the developer contributions for community facilities on a public toilet in the town centre”

Beth Rowland, Lib Dem leader of Woodley Town Council, said “It was a very bad day for Woodley when the Conservatives closed all the borough managed toilets.  I understand that Wokingham Town may be getting a new public toilet as part of the Wokingham Regeneration Project in which the Conservative led council is investing £87m.   As there appears to be no sign of the Conservatives supporting a regeneration of Woodley town centre anytime in the near future I am calling on them to do the right thing by Woodley and least give us back a borough managed public toilet – quickly!”

When they were planning to build their supermarket LIDL offered to build toilets for Woodley, but were asked to withdraw this offer when the Conservative led Wokingham Borough Council decided to do away with borough managed public toilets altogether.  Prue Bray, Lib Dem leader on Wokingham Borough Council, says “I fully support this proposal by Woodley and Whitegates Lib Dems, but would like to point out that yet again the failure of the Conservatives to think through the impact of their knee jerk policy decisions will scupper other worthy community projects by using up a fair chunk of the limited amount of contributions available from developers.”

Published by Woodley & Whitegates Liberal Democrats, 26 Farriers Close Woodley, Reading RG5 3DD.

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