SEP 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Toilet Protestors Flushed Away
cabinet have told protestors against plans to put toilets in the
ground floor of the Central Library that they are sticking with
they said they didn’t have to consult staff working in the
Information Centre over the changes that would see the centre move
collected more than 2,100 signatures in a few days after hearing
that the long-awaited city centre toilets would be put in the
were several arguments against the plans expressed at
yesterday’s cabinet meeting.
LOO'S IN THE
HOUSE? THERE COULD SOON BE TOILETS ON THE GROUND FLOOR
library worker Cllr Karen McKay (Socialist, St Michael’s) said
staff were upset that they had not been informed of the proposals
until after the decision has been made.
restructuring plan has already been re-started because of
inadequate staff consultation, she said, and the uncertainty of
the new information centre was adding to a drop in morale.
addition the library staff had faced the pressures of the single
status debacle, a Best Value review, and a bid for extra IT
funding from the government, while falling below many new national
users of the popular information centre were also upset that they
had not been asked about the plans.
McKay told cabinet members:
cannot claim to be listening to people and then ignore them when
they say they want something different.
proposal is going to decrease the space that the library
information centre downstairs is very important and accessible
and doing a good service.
provides a link to the library but has a separate function.”
Bernard Moore said there were fears about safety among
told me they would not allow their children to go to the library
added that with the Lower Precinct development now under way, it
would be a good option to wait for new toilets to be built there.
has been going on for years, and another year won’t make much
members were bullish about the protestors’ claims.
John Mutton said:
biggest mistake that has been made for a long time in this city
as having no accessible look in the city centre outside shopping
does not need consultation with members of staff. If we tell
members of staff we are transferring them from one part of the
building to another we will explain why we are doing it.”
leader Nick Nolan said the loos were in fact being moved out of
the library, as the current toilets on the first floor were being
Dave Batten, the cabinet member responsible for the decision,
will be no reduction in the size of the area that the public
uses in the library.
toilets will be open when the library services are closed, seven
days a week, bank holidays when people are in the city centre