OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Toilets Bogged Down By Revolting Councillors
councillors have thrown plans to build public toilets in Coventry
Library into turmoil by voting against the scheme.
of the Scrutiny Committee looking at the decision to move the
information centre and replace it with toilets voted by seven to
two to send it back to the cabinet.
Labour councillors stunned campaigners by siding with the
Socialist and Conservative members.
cabinet will now have to reconsider the decision. If they decide
to press ahead with the scheme then the issue will be sent to the
full council for a final verdict.
could lead to a split in the Labour group, with the leaders being
opposed by other councillors.
Moore and Ian Harris, who organised a petition against the plan,
said they were amazed at the reversal.
thought the decision was going to be rubber-stamped, but then
the Labour councillors started to speak out against.
don’t know what we will do next, we are considering the next
pair collected more than 2,000 signatures against the move in just
a few days, but the cabinet had signalled that it was going to
continue with the scheme regardless.
Joe Clifford, who led the revolt, said he was against the move
after hearing that library staff were not consulted about the
called for full consultation to be carried out over the principle
of the toilets being there, not on the design, as has been
Clifford (Labour, Woodlands) said:
want the library staff and the public to be properly consulted
on this. The library staff are incensed by this and I believe
they have a right to be consulted.
not sure a library is the best place for the public toilets.
hope is that the cabinet member will reconsider."
Karen McKay (Socialist, St Michael’s) said:
the staff had been pulled on board right from the beginning they
might not have been so hostile.
very arrogant of the councillors to tell them what is happening
without asking their opinion, and it has been very demoralising.
would make sure it’s not just the staff but the public that
Gary Crookes (Conservative, Wainbody), said:
is a lot of disquiet about this decision.
query the necessity of having toilets in the library when there
are going to be toilets in the new Arrowcroft development in the
looks as if these toilets are going to come on-stream at the
same time, so I think we should see what is being proposed for
the Lower Precinct.
also would like to know which order things are going happen in
if the toilets are put in the library.
current toilets are going to be removed to make way for the
information centre, so there is going to be a situation where
there is either no information centre or no toilets for library