Toilets campaigner steps up the battle

PUBLISHED: 12:10 09 November 2006 | UPDATED: 14:54 12 May 2010

Terry Hutt and his fellow campaigners put their case before the cameras - 2016DW6

Terry Hutt and his fellow campaigners put their case before the cameras - 2016DW6

Cars sounded their horns as veteran campaigner Terry Hutt continued his battle to save toilets at a Royston bus station on Wednesday. Mr Hutt was at the site, supported by residents and councillors as Anglia TV looked on. NHDC took the decision to close t

Cars sounded their horns as veteran campaigner Terry Hutt continued his battle to save toilets at a Royston bus station on Wednesday.

Mr Hutt was at the site, supported by residents and councillors as Anglia TV looked on.

NHDC took the decision to close the toilets last month because they said tax payers money will not stretch to all toilets.

Instead the council is going to spend £15,000 on improving facilities at The Cross and £155,000 on toilets at Market Hill.

But Mr Hutt, 70, who was a carpenter and joiner by trade said £170,000 I would be enough to refurbish all three toilets.

He said: "If there isn't enough money I will be looking to the town council to dig deeper.

"There's no other option - everyone needs a toilet. They are a necessity."

Councillor Fiona Hill who is supporting Mr Hutt's campaign said: "We're very disappointed but delighted with the money that's been allocated.

"However, we need to look at other ways forward.

"If we lose the toilets in February it will have an effect on the elderly and disabled who use the buses and coaches."

Bill Davidson, former district councillor said: "The toilets shouldn't be closed and should be kept open.

"Instead, the district council should spend money on refurbishing the existing toilets, and make way for disabled access.

"If they do close it will have a major impact and prevent some of the elderly coming into Royston and lead them to shop elsewhere."

Councillor Jack White of Bassingbourn said: "£170,000 is a ludicrous figure. They could probably do a good job for £20,000.

"I'm angry because NHDC sees Royston as a little place it can't be bothered with. So if they want to drive people to Tesco they are going the right way about it."

Nick White of Barley said: "They should do away with the Fish Hill toilets if they want to rid of one because the other toilets are easier to adapt."

Pam Ducker of Melbourn said: "I always use these toilets. We come here to shop because we're in a little village but the council don't think of that.

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