COUNCILLORS are continuing to lift the lid on the condition of Chester's public loos.Š
Their campaign started last year when a whirlwind blitz on city centre loos by the new Conservative administration at the Town Hall revealed a shocking list of deficiencies from dust and a dead pigeon to the need for structural improvements and the use of different cleansing materials.Š
The investigations took councillors to Frodsham Street, Grosvenor Park, The Groves, the Little Roodee car park and the super loo in Princess Street.Š
The Town Hall Executive is due to hear on Tuesday (October 14) that councillors' inspections have continued and they are satisfied with the recent improvements and cleanliness of the toilets in particular at Union Street and The Groves.Š
A rolling monthly programme of deep cleansing has been introduced.Š
At The Groves, the attendant's office has been relocated and the baby changing facility has been repositioned although councillors and officers say they will continue their investigations to track down an unpleasant odour from the drains.Š
All toilet attendants have been issued with personal attack alarms and mobile phones.
The executive will hear that a previous suggestion that the opening hours of the city council's toilets should be extended needs to be reconsidered due to recent incidents involving threats against the attendants.Š
It is hoped the community toilet scheme will bridge the gap with five businesses signed up including Tesco, the Slug and Lettuce, Burger King, The Groves and the Little Roodee Cafe.Š
The council would like to see the scheme develop further to include additional businesses in the city centre and the surrounding suburban areas.Š
Earlier in the summer, councillors undertook a fact finding tour in Chester's suburbs and rural areas and visited Westminster Park, Sandy Lane, Alexandra Park and Malpas, it is revealed.
They say they were satisfied with Sandy Lane although the other public toilets, at Westminster Park, Alexander Park and Malpas, gave rise to concerns.Š
The issues at Westminster Park have been referred to the Chester and District Sport and Recreational Trust (CADSART) which is responsible for the loos.
At Sandy Lane, the need for a number of disabled improvements has emerged and a report says the toilets are in need of general refurbishment which it is thought could cost between £80,000 and £100,000.Š
At Alexandra Park, officials describe the state of the toilets as "very poor, far below currently acceptable standards, even for able bodied people”.
They say buildings at the park including the bowls club, veterans hut and tennis pavilion are in need of "major investment and repair".
They suggest these should be demolished with a new multi use pavilion being provided, similar to that at Water Tower Gardens, serving all users of the park.Š
It might be possible to include the existing bowling green building in any redevelopment to conserve its character.Š
The cost could be between £300,000 and £350,000, according to the report.Š
It points out the toilets are not at present maintained by the city council and there is "little evidence of cleaning'' or any upkeep of the toilets with no evidence of toilet rolls being provided.Š
The executive is to consider a series of recommendations including continuing with the community toilet scheme to include more businesses across the city centre and recommendations to the Cheshire West and Chester Council for the improved management and maintenance of suburban and rural toilets.Š
The outcome of a study which has been commissioned into the needs at Alexandra Park would also be included to ensure that future development at the park becomes a priority for the new council.