How to put people off visiting your town centre

I have recently come to the conclusion the council has devised a cunning plan to discourage visitors to Colne.

Exterior of the public toilets at Colne Bus Station - they have been closed as part of a cost-saving exercise.
Exterior of the public toilets at Colne Bus Station - they have been closed as part of a cost-saving exercise.

People are now living longer so how do the council treat pensioners, the many using public transport, the disabled and young families requiring baby-changing facilities?

The answer, they close the toilets then expect local businesses to provide them. What a ridiculous situation in a town which previously boasted numerous toilets.

One answer could be to follow the lead of many other towns, including Skipton, and convert the bus station toilets to coin-operated, usually 20p. The building is ideally situated for the town centre and bus station. As it already has electricity, water and drainage, it shouldn’t be a mammoth job, while the revenue from it would go part way towards its maintenance.

Mark Kitto

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