Eyesore Bournemouth toilets could become cafe

HOPING FOR CHANGE: Norman Decent of Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch with the public toilets at Poole Hill in Bournemouth

HOPING FOR CHANGE: Norman Decent of Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch with the public toilets at Poole Hill in Bournemouth

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RESIDENTS and businesses are celebrating the prospect of a town centre “eyesore” being improved.

The toilets on Poole Hill in Bournemouth have been blamed for attracting drug users and drinkers but the building could now be converted into a café, restaurant or retail space.

The building has been put out to tender by the council and Norman Decent, co-ordinator of Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch, said it is something his group has been campaigning for.

He said: “It’s good news because they’ve been the base for drug users and the homeless park themselves there during the day.

“At long last we’ve got to this stage and we’ve been campaigning to get rid of it.”

Norman is hoping the area can be improved both for residents and to make it look better for tourists walking into town from the West Cliff.

And he is hoping putting it out to tender will make it more realistic that work will start quickly as the toilets are still open.

The building is being advertised for let by estate agents Goadsby, with any potential redevelopment subject to planning.

Bidders have until Thursday, September 20 to submit their offers and Mark Berry, manager at The Winchester pub and entertainment venue nearby, said a change there could be a catalyst for change.

He said: “They are a drain on the area and an eyesore.

“But that’s such a nice sunny spot all day long.

“There are a lot of empty shops so if they change that spot it’s going to be blossoming, especially on top of the development of the Triangle and the popularity of Flirt café there.”

In deciding the winning bid the council will look at the price, the proposed use and the track record of the proposed tenant as well as the bid’s long-term commercial viability.

Larry Austin, Bournemouth council’s strategic operations manager, said: “This is in response to concerns raised by local residents about anti-social behaviour problems centred on this facility and the immediate surrounding area.

“The automated public convenience that is housed within the building will be relocated to the travel interchange at the Lansdowne.”

FIRST WATCH MEETING A SUCCESS

THE first meeting of the new Poole Hill Neighbourhood Watch group was heralded as a success by co-ordinator Norman Decent.

Norman said the neighbourhood watch team were pleased with the turnout of people visiting the library to voice their concerns.

It was also attended by fellow neighbourhood watch team members Michael and Christine Doherty as well as David d’Orton-Gibson, councillor Rae Stollard and PC Stuart Greenwood and Norman is now planning to hold weekly surgeries at the library on Saturdays from 10am to 4pm, starting in September.

To help improve the area it is hoped that the group will be able to arrange hanging baskets along Poole Hill next summer and have also received a £250 cash boost.

Their next Neighbourhood Watch meeting is on Tuesday, September 11 at 6pm in the Library at The Triangle or visit the surgeries.

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12:39pm Thu 9 Aug 12

NM Duffy says...

The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.
The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee. NM Duffy
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12:40pm Thu 9 Aug 12

O'Reilly says...

You have to pay admission to these lavatories so I fail to see the attraction for drunks or drug addicts.
Another cafe? The area is awash with them, leave the lavatories alone.
You have to pay admission to these lavatories so I fail to see the attraction for drunks or drug addicts. Another cafe? The area is awash with them, leave the lavatories alone. O'Reilly
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12:54pm Thu 9 Aug 12

fedupwithjobsworths says...

To(i)let by Goadsby!
To(i)let by Goadsby! fedupwithjobsworths
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12:57pm Thu 9 Aug 12

MrPitiful says...

In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars.

I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by.

Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area.

Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something.

Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc.

Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better?
In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars. I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by. Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area. Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something. Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc. Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better? MrPitiful
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1:00pm Thu 9 Aug 12

MrPitiful says...

Just one other little point - must go round with my eyes closed - I live fairly close to Poole Hill & I did't know we had a new neighbourhood watch group!
Just one other little point - must go round with my eyes closed - I live fairly close to Poole Hill & I did't know we had a new neighbourhood watch group! MrPitiful
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1:04pm Thu 9 Aug 12

woby_tide says...

NM Duffy wrote:
The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.
It just says they are re-using some of the facilities in another toilet. Not that the interchange is the nearest alternative? Wouldn't it be easier to use the Lower Gardens or Westover rather than walking to Lansdowne?
[quote][p][bold]NM Duffy[/bold] wrote: The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.[/p][/quote]It just says they are re-using some of the facilities in another toilet. Not that the interchange is the nearest alternative? Wouldn't it be easier to use the Lower Gardens or Westover rather than walking to Lansdowne? woby_tide
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1:06pm Thu 9 Aug 12

penhale says...

Another candidate for the arms crossed picture competition.
Another candidate for the arms crossed picture competition. penhale
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1:09pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Rednax says...

Norman Decent. Great name.
Hope he lives up to it.
Norman Decent. Great name. Hope he lives up to it. Rednax
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1:16pm Thu 9 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

Orton Gibson,the new tory councillor,is supposed to be looking after the redhill and northbourne residents,seems more interested in being nearer home.He has no idea about being a good councillor.Another buddy for Burns.
Orton Gibson,the new tory councillor,is supposed to be looking after the redhill and northbourne residents,seems more interested in being nearer home.He has no idea about being a good councillor.Another buddy for Burns. pete woodley
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1:21pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Azphreal says...

'look better for tourists walking into town from the West Cliff' unless of course they need to go to the toilet.'There are a lot of empty shops' so of course dont put anything in any of them shut down one of the few public toilets in Bournemouth. This is about the locals complaining and nothing to do with holiday makers or trying to make the local area better.
'look better for tourists walking into town from the West Cliff' unless of course they need to go to the toilet.'There are a lot of empty shops' so of course dont put anything in any of them shut down one of the few public toilets in Bournemouth. This is about the locals complaining and nothing to do with holiday makers or trying to make the local area better. Azphreal
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1:30pm Thu 9 Aug 12

penhale says...

NM Duffy wrote:
The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.
Perhaps this is a prelude to raising yet more revenue, shut down all the toilets and then fine everybody who has to take a leak and cant find anywhere to go.
[quote][p][bold]NM Duffy[/bold] wrote: The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.[/p][/quote]Perhaps this is a prelude to raising yet more revenue, shut down all the toilets and then fine everybody who has to take a leak and cant find anywhere to go. penhale
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2:34pm Thu 9 Aug 12

HRH of Boscombe says...

I don't understand why we need public loos at all.
.
I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need.
.
I thought that's what most people did anyway.
I don't understand why we need public loos at all. . I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need. . I thought that's what most people did anyway. HRH of Boscombe
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2:54pm Thu 9 Aug 12

BmthNewshound says...

"In deciding the winning bid the council will look at the price, the proposed use and the track record of the proposed tenant as well as the bid’s long-term commercial viability."...... No, the Council has a list of preferred bidders (mates of the council) who always get first bite of the cherry.
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Its a brave person who will invest the money needed to convert the toilets into a cafe. By the time you've allowed for kitchen space there won't be much space for many covers so will it even be viable ?.
"In deciding the winning bid the council will look at the price, the proposed use and the track record of the proposed tenant as well as the bid’s long-term commercial viability."...... No, the Council has a list of preferred bidders (mates of the council) who always get first bite of the cherry. . Its a brave person who will invest the money needed to convert the toilets into a cafe. By the time you've allowed for kitchen space there won't be much space for many covers so will it even be viable ?. BmthNewshound
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4:14pm Thu 9 Aug 12

andyjb10 says...

NM Duffy wrote:
The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.
You buffon, at no point does it say that you now have to walk to the interchange to use a public toilet.

How about the one's on the West Cliff, Westover Rd, Central Gardens??

My lord, sometimes I do worry.
[quote][p][bold]NM Duffy[/bold] wrote: The 'solution' suggested doesn't hold water - the toilets at the travel interchange are a TWENTY-FIVE minute walk away from this area, and are closed most of the time! Even assuming they're kept open, having a fifty minute round trip from that side of town to *maybe* find some open public toilets is simply not acceptable for a supposedly bustling town, and it's absurd to think anyone would bother compared with the nearest available wall/tree/lamppost! You know who to blame when people start complaining that Bournemouth town centre reeks of wee.[/p][/quote]You buffon, at no point does it say that you now have to walk to the interchange to use a public toilet. How about the one's on the West Cliff, Westover Rd, Central Gardens?? My lord, sometimes I do worry. andyjb10
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4:14pm Thu 9 Aug 12

jeebuscripes says...

This bloke loves getting in the Echo.

It's not the toilets that attract the drinkers. .

It's the benches, the shops really nearby selling Special Brew and the fact the police let them get away with it.

Make it a drink free zone and enforce it.
This bloke loves getting in the Echo. It's not the toilets that attract the drinkers. . It's the benches, the shops really nearby selling Special Brew and the fact the police let them get away with it. Make it a drink free zone and enforce it. jeebuscripes
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4:18pm Thu 9 Aug 12

penhale says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
I don't understand why we need public loos at all.
.
I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need.
.
I thought that's what most people did anyway.
Brilliant idea if McDonald's agreed to it, quite often they moan at people who are not customers using their toilets.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why we need public loos at all. . I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need. . I thought that's what most people did anyway.[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea if McDonald's agreed to it, quite often they moan at people who are not customers using their toilets. penhale
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4:37pm Thu 9 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

jeebuscripes wrote:
This bloke loves getting in the Echo.

It's not the toilets that attract the drinkers. .

It's the benches, the shops really nearby selling Special Brew and the fact the police let them get away with it.

Make it a drink free zone and enforce it.
Its been a hangout place for the drunks etc, for years especially with the shelter not far away.Years ago it was where a certain individual used to pull up in his RR,and collect his "takings".
[quote][p][bold]jeebuscripes[/bold] wrote: This bloke loves getting in the Echo. It's not the toilets that attract the drinkers. . It's the benches, the shops really nearby selling Special Brew and the fact the police let them get away with it. Make it a drink free zone and enforce it.[/p][/quote]Its been a hangout place for the drunks etc, for years especially with the shelter not far away.Years ago it was where a certain individual used to pull up in his RR,and collect his "takings". pete woodley
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5:28pm Thu 9 Aug 12

lonelysurf says...

The toilets down at pier approach close well before the S and D leisure attractions ,this makes no sense at all ,most people need the 'Bog' after the swings ride .
The toilets down at pier approach close well before the S and D leisure attractions ,this makes no sense at all ,most people need the 'Bog' after the swings ride . lonelysurf
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9:13pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Football banning order yob says...

The award for the best arms folded look angry award goes to ...... Norman decent!!
The award for the best arms folded look angry award goes to ...... Norman decent!! Football banning order yob
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9:59pm Thu 9 Aug 12

Bournefre says...

Great idea - the profits from the cafe could be used to fund a council warden to go around fining people for urinating in public when they get caught short.
Great idea - the profits from the cafe could be used to fund a council warden to go around fining people for urinating in public when they get caught short. Bournefre
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9:31am Fri 10 Aug 12

madras says...

MrPitiful wrote:
In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars.

I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by.

Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area.

Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something.

Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc.

Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better?
More likely it's conveniently close that after a few beers the need for a toilet becomes increasingly urgent!

I'm not sure the building itself is an eyesore - have you seen some of the shop fronts in the area???
[quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars. I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by. Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area. Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something. Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc. Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better?[/p][/quote]More likely it's conveniently close that after a few beers the need for a toilet becomes increasingly urgent! I'm not sure the building itself is an eyesore - have you seen some of the shop fronts in the area??? madras
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10:00am Fri 10 Aug 12

O'Reilly says...

I was given to understand that the grass frontage to the lavatories had been replaced some years back with cobble stones to discourage undesirables from swigging their 'Red Biddy' outside.
I was given to understand that the grass frontage to the lavatories had been replaced some years back with cobble stones to discourage undesirables from swigging their 'Red Biddy' outside. O'Reilly
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11:30am Fri 10 Aug 12

Controversial But True says...

A good excuse if the food tastes like s**t...!!!
A good excuse if the food tastes like s**t...!!! Controversial But True
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11:37am Fri 10 Aug 12

Dorset Logic says...

Harry Immaculate of twitchy net curtain watch, middle England does not like ruffians.
Harry Immaculate of twitchy net curtain watch, middle England does not like ruffians. Dorset Logic
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12:08pm Fri 10 Aug 12

jpwf says...

Eyesore??
Has anyone looked at the derelict retail sites adjacent to here - they are much more of an eyesore and its the doorways of those buildings that attracts the drunks/beggars/addic
ts.
Eyesore?? Has anyone looked at the derelict retail sites adjacent to here - they are much more of an eyesore and its the doorways of those buildings that attracts the drunks/beggars/addic ts. jpwf
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12:16pm Fri 10 Aug 12

downmoor-ch says...

madras wrote:
MrPitiful wrote:
In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars.

I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by.

Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area.

Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something.

Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc.

Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better?
More likely it's conveniently close that after a few beers the need for a toilet becomes increasingly urgent!

I'm not sure the building itself is an eyesore - have you seen some of the shop fronts in the area???
I have used these toilets many times when I visit Bournemouth for my hols, the building as such I think is in a great position, almost on top of the hill, o.k. there are people there, who are on the outside the border of society( through perhaps, no fault of their own), but I must say, they have never bothered me, asked for money, or stopped be from using the toilet. so please leave them alone, it could be you soon, if this downward trend continues, nobody has a really safe job.
[quote][p][bold]madras[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]MrPitiful[/bold] wrote: In answer to O'Reilly above - you're right when you say there is an admission charge to enter these toilets but unfortunately, they do still attract drunks/beggars. I think it is because it is more a communal place for them to sit as that it all they seem to do - just sit there drinking & the odd bit of harassing passers-by. Strange really as there are more pleasant places for them to congregate in the area. Unless it is because it is close to somewhere they can easily get booze or something. Anyway, I think the development of this would be beneficial to the area as a whole, especially if it is something useful like a cafe etc. Maybe it could be integrated with a better managed facility for toilets/public convenience which would then hopefully please veerybody a bit better?[/p][/quote]More likely it's conveniently close that after a few beers the need for a toilet becomes increasingly urgent! I'm not sure the building itself is an eyesore - have you seen some of the shop fronts in the area???[/p][/quote]I have used these toilets many times when I visit Bournemouth for my hols, the building as such I think is in a great position, almost on top of the hill, o.k. there are people there, who are on the outside the border of society( through perhaps, no fault of their own), but I must say, they have never bothered me, asked for money, or stopped be from using the toilet. so please leave them alone, it could be you soon, if this downward trend continues, nobody has a really safe job. downmoor-ch
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3:22pm Fri 10 Aug 12

chrspeters says...

The answer to all this is so very simple.

First, it is a waste of money to have a fairly large piece of land, with a fine brick building accommodating toilet use for men, women and handicapped. Plus surrounding ornate gardens and a fine brick wall surrounding it all. Not to mention the constant upkeep of it all, especially to maintain its cleanliness, vandalism and misuse by vagrants. It would be far wiser to make better use of that so valuable land that often you could build a house on.

Second, Bournemouth and surrounding areas are a holiday resort, so must have toilet facilities around. To expect the business venues to accommodate such is so unfair. I mean they have to supply toilet paper, soap, hot water and cleaning. For customers, that is okay but not for everybody passing by in their thousands.

Easy solution. Install those small circular toilets around the towns. I first saw them when in Europe but also saw and used one again when visiting Manchester. They take up not much space, nor need surrounding décor. They are also unisex and even accommodate the handicapped. The other good thing about them is that they only allow a good minimum time, before the whole unit begins to self-clean. I tell you, knowing that I have never pee'd so quick. In fact, it helped also in the other department.

If a vagrant decided to sleep in one of these places, they would soon get a quick wash-down. But then maybe even then, that would also be good for all.
The answer to all this is so very simple. First, it is a waste of money to have a fairly large piece of land, with a fine brick building accommodating toilet use for men, women and handicapped. Plus surrounding ornate gardens and a fine brick wall surrounding it all. Not to mention the constant upkeep of it all, especially to maintain its cleanliness, vandalism and misuse by vagrants. It would be far wiser to make better use of that so valuable land that often you could build a house on. Second, Bournemouth and surrounding areas are a holiday resort, so must have toilet facilities around. To expect the business venues to accommodate such is so unfair. I mean they have to supply toilet paper, soap, hot water and cleaning. For customers, that is okay but not for everybody passing by in their thousands. Easy solution. Install those small circular toilets around the towns. I first saw them when in Europe but also saw and used one again when visiting Manchester. They take up not much space, nor need surrounding décor. They are also unisex and even accommodate the handicapped. The other good thing about them is that they only allow a good minimum time, before the whole unit begins to self-clean. I tell you, knowing that I have never pee'd so quick. In fact, it helped also in the other department. If a vagrant decided to sleep in one of these places, they would soon get a quick wash-down. But then maybe even then, that would also be good for all. chrspeters
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4:01pm Fri 10 Aug 12

mpdor says...

So because of undesirables yet another public toilet is to be closed, instead of saying close it because of the problems what about enforcement by the Police in dealing with any such problems? it is ridiculous to not have a public toilet in a busy area frequented by a large number of people, also charging for toilets sounds a good idea to pay for the costs etc but in reality a lot of people will urinate in public rather than pay 20p to use a toilet, as others have said having so many drinking places in such a small area is again asking for trouble, holiday makers and others do not want to have to walk all the way to the west cliff or westdover rd to use a toilet, bmth attracts a large older population and a lot of these visitors will not be able to make such long walks to toilets,the existing lawas are there to enforce to clean up these problems, but maybe the willpower is not there as it seems that because of cuts to council grants the council is looking to sell lease rent any building they can,this is more about money i suspect than the problems around the toilets
So because of undesirables yet another public toilet is to be closed, instead of saying close it because of the problems what about enforcement by the Police in dealing with any such problems? it is ridiculous to not have a public toilet in a busy area frequented by a large number of people, also charging for toilets sounds a good idea to pay for the costs etc but in reality a lot of people will urinate in public rather than pay 20p to use a toilet, as others have said having so many drinking places in such a small area is again asking for trouble, holiday makers and others do not want to have to walk all the way to the west cliff or westdover rd to use a toilet, bmth attracts a large older population and a lot of these visitors will not be able to make such long walks to toilets,the existing lawas are there to enforce to clean up these problems, but maybe the willpower is not there as it seems that because of cuts to council grants the council is looking to sell lease rent any building they can,this is more about money i suspect than the problems around the toilets mpdor
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4:33pm Fri 10 Aug 12

EGHH says...

Did my eyes deceive me or are there a firm of solicitors operating out of an old toilet in Boscombe?
Did my eyes deceive me or are there a firm of solicitors operating out of an old toilet in Boscombe? EGHH
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6:46pm Fri 10 Aug 12

KLH says...

I use the launderette nearby regularly and regularly used the toilets. Best time to use them is just after they've been cleaned, as I have seen rolls of foil, used underwear, syringes and on one occasion, putting it politely, a number two deposited on the back edge of the pan - nice.

A cafe would be good, it doesn't just mean that brick building, I suppose it could be extended, as there is a fair bit of space surrounding it.
I use the launderette nearby regularly and regularly used the toilets. Best time to use them is just after they've been cleaned, as I have seen rolls of foil, used underwear, syringes and on one occasion, putting it politely, a number two deposited on the back edge of the pan - nice. A cafe would be good, it doesn't just mean that brick building, I suppose it could be extended, as there is a fair bit of space surrounding it. KLH
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12:40pm Sat 11 Aug 12

lil_weewee_xo says...

nothing will change.
nothing will change. lil_weewee_xo
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1:56pm Sat 11 Aug 12

fedupwithfedupjobsworths says...

HRH of Boscombe wrote:
I don't understand why we need public loos at all.
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I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need.
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I thought that's what most people did anyway.
That is known as having a McShite. That's when you just go to McDonalds to use the toilet. I think you need an access code to use the toilets in McDonalds these days apparently its on your receipt when you buy your food.
[quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why we need public loos at all. . I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need. . I thought that's what most people did anyway.[/p][/quote]That is known as having a McShite. That's when you just go to McDonalds to use the toilet. I think you need an access code to use the toilets in McDonalds these days apparently its on your receipt when you buy your food. fedupwithfedupjobsworths
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10:58pm Sat 11 Aug 12

Reeve 7 says...

penhale wrote:
HRH of Boscombe wrote:
I don't understand why we need public loos at all.
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I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need.
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I thought that's what most people did anyway.
Brilliant idea if McDonald's agreed to it, quite often they moan at people who are not customers using their toilets.
Then if the council grant licenses for food establishments they should be enforced to allow use by passing travellers, whether they buy or not.
In that area there are betting shops with toilets, and they are free
[quote][p][bold]penhale[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]HRH of Boscombe[/bold] wrote: I don't understand why we need public loos at all. . I would rather just find a McDonalds or a pub if I have the need. . I thought that's what most people did anyway.[/p][/quote]Brilliant idea if McDonald's agreed to it, quite often they moan at people who are not customers using their toilets.[/p][/quote]Then if the council grant licenses for food establishments they should be enforced to allow use by passing travellers, whether they buy or not. In that area there are betting shops with toilets, and they are free Reeve 7
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4:18pm Sun 12 Aug 12

spooki says...

Public toilets are only as good as the people who use them & the people who maintain them! I had to use some public loos the other day to change little ones nappy. The tap didn't work in the changing room, there was no running water in the disabled loo (where I can get in to have a tinkle with the pushchair) with smeared no.2 on the wall and the ladies loo I couldn't get the buggy in so I had to wedge it in the doorway while I used the sink in there. Brilliant planning. I have to say actually, I hate having to use the disabled loo when I have the pushchair but not all baby changing rooms have toilets so I have no choice. Also brilliant planning!
Anyhow, I'm not sure a cafe in the building of an old toilet is appealing.
Public toilets are only as good as the people who use them & the people who maintain them! I had to use some public loos the other day to change little ones nappy. The tap didn't work in the changing room, there was no running water in the disabled loo (where I can get in to have a tinkle with the pushchair) with smeared no.2 on the wall and the ladies loo I couldn't get the buggy in so I had to wedge it in the doorway while I used the sink in there. Brilliant planning. I have to say actually, I hate having to use the disabled loo when I have the pushchair but not all baby changing rooms have toilets so I have no choice. Also brilliant planning! Anyhow, I'm not sure a cafe in the building of an old toilet is appealing. spooki
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9:56am Mon 13 Aug 12

giveusthefacts says...

"In deciding the winning bid the council will look at the price, the proposed use and the track record of the proposed tenant as well as the bid’s long-term commercial viability." I am all for making sure the business is not going to fold in a short period, but it sounds like " Track record of the tenant" means letting it to one of the local establishments. So much for encouraging business start ups
"In deciding the winning bid the council will look at the price, the proposed use and the track record of the proposed tenant as well as the bid’s long-term commercial viability." I am all for making sure the business is not going to fold in a short period, but it sounds like " Track record of the tenant" means letting it to one of the local establishments. So much for encouraging business start ups giveusthefacts
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3:33pm Mon 13 Aug 12

davecook says...

Getting rid of toilets is not going to get rid of undesirable people, they will just go somewhere else and be undesirable. Anyone who thinks undesirables will suddenly become well dressed ladies and gentlemen who nibble cakes and sip tea in Beales restaurant every morning just because there are no more toilets on Poole Hill is deluded.
Getting rid of toilets is not going to get rid of undesirable people, they will just go somewhere else and be undesirable. Anyone who thinks undesirables will suddenly become well dressed ladies and gentlemen who nibble cakes and sip tea in Beales restaurant every morning just because there are no more toilets on Poole Hill is deluded. davecook
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4:05pm Mon 13 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

As you say dave they will soon find somewhere else.Why dont they try Highcliffe,Broadston
e,Ferndown,or Lymington.more brass and class there.
As you say dave they will soon find somewhere else.Why dont they try Highcliffe,Broadston e,Ferndown,or Lymington.more brass and class there. pete woodley
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2:16pm Tue 14 Aug 12

kingstonpaul says...

I'm long past thinking that gents toilets are places one visits to answer the call of nature. Full of druggies, alcies and cottagers.

Not sure I'd want to consume food on premises that were previusly the haunt of these categories. Mind you, those of us of a certain vintage may well remember the gents loo at Waterloo Station which, for the past fifteen years, has been a watering hole of a different type.
I'm long past thinking that gents toilets are places one visits to answer the call of nature. Full of druggies, alcies and cottagers. Not sure I'd want to consume food on premises that were previusly the haunt of these categories. Mind you, those of us of a certain vintage may well remember the gents loo at Waterloo Station which, for the past fifteen years, has been a watering hole of a different type. kingstonpaul
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5:29pm Tue 14 Aug 12

pete woodley says...

Is there still a good loo guide,one good loo in the 50's was on the Edgeware rd,where you good get wash and brush up etc,and good racing tips.When on the council,i often had to chuck the cottagers out of the ones at meyrick park,and some of them were big guys.
Is there still a good loo guide,one good loo in the 50's was on the Edgeware rd,where you good get wash and brush up etc,and good racing tips.When on the council,i often had to chuck the cottagers out of the ones at meyrick park,and some of them were big guys. pete woodley
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