Paris-style public toilets will soon be in use in the centre of
The free-standing pods are being provided by Adshell, which will
also install rotary advertisement units around the city centre.
Coventry has been criticised for the poor quality of its public
toilets and two blocks have now been closed.
The Upper Precinct underground toilets and the Fairfax Street car
park toilets have already been shut down and it is intended to do
likewise with the White Street Coach Park block shortly.
Adshell will supply three of the new single-occupant toilets
initially and they will be positioned in New Union Street, Queen
Victoria Road and opposite the Council House in Earl Street.
The toilets will be coin operated and self-cleaning. The floor will
move on rollers during cleansing so that any cigarette ends and other
debris will drop into a container out of sight.
The new loos will not be the main toilet facilities in the city
centre however. The City Centre Company’s Mark Nicholls says:
"We are lobbying the city council to replace the main
toilets in the Upper Precinct.
"The old toilets were in a disgraceful state and we do not
want the new toilets to be built below ground level, because it is
difficult for the elderly and the disabled. We would prefer them to
be on the surface."
Peter Collard, City Centre Company manager said:
"The new Adshell toilets will be sited inside the inner
circulatory road some distance from the main toilets but in areas
where there are a lot of people. We think three toilets will be
enough for this purpose, but we shall be reviewing the