A campaigner thinks there are not enough public toilets in Chester - do you agree?
The city centre has just five loos, leaving it trailing in the wake of the likes of Norwich and Cambridge.
A petition submitted to Cheshire West and Chester Council says something needs to change.
While portable toilets are there on nights out and for special events such as Chester Races, is it enough?
So far only one person has added their name to the list calling on the council to act and bring back the superloos.
The petitioner says: “At present there are five in the city, and only two (Princess Street and Frodsham Street) in the shopping centre.
“Compared to cities of a similar size, Chester is poorly served. Norwich lists 15 loos, and Cambridge 23.
“The superloos have disappeared and the community toilet scheme is poorly advertised. The council should reintroduce the superloos or provide other facilities.”
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Chester's public toilets also close in the early evening, meaning they are not open for use by revellers. You can find them on:
■ Princess Street (under the market)
■ Frodsham Street, which also includes a 24-hour urinal and a changing places toilet for baby-changing
■ Union Street, inside Grosvenor Park
■ The Groves, near the suspension bridge
■ Little Roodee car park where the fun fair is located during the May festival
At the moment eight city centre stores also take part in Chester’s community toilet scheme, including Burger King, Nando’s and Tesco.
Automatic toilets, or ‘superloos’, have not been seen on Chester’s streets since they were deemed to offer poor value.
At the time they cost £240,000 to maintain and the eight bathrooms were only used by 14,000 people every year.
An ill-fated £9,000 trial of open-air urinals took place 2013 with ‘potties’ dotted around the city, but the idea unsurprisingly failed to get beyond that stage.
Cabinet member for environment and community councillor Mark Henesy said: “We take all questions and requests very seriously. We appreciate people raising issues of concern that may not have been considered otherwise.
“E-petitions are part of the Council's ongoing commitment to listening to and acting on the views of the public."
You can sign the 'Insufficient public toilets in Chester' petition on the CWaC website here.
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