OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Toilets Decision Back In The Pipeline
library staff are being asked their views on the proposal to put
toilets in the information centre, but they won’t have a veto on
of Coventry City Council’s ruling cabinet were told by
colleagues to rethink the plan to move the information upstairs
and build the city centre’s much-needed toilets in their place.
Labour councillors joined in the chorus of criticism, and the
cabinet was told to carry out more consultation with staff and the
yesterday’s council meeting the cabinet member in charge of the
scheme, Cllr Dave Batten, said consultation was being carried out
with staff and their views would be received on 18 October.
he said this was to do with the plans for the library, and the
detail over the designs as drawn up by the project architect.
Dave Nellist (Socialist, St Michael’s) likened the method of
consultation to a cartoon in a German trade union magazine in the
1970s, where workers were given the choice between using a red or
a green spanner.
is my feeling that people do not want the toilets in the library
building. They don’t want the information service moved. The
staff that work there don’t want these things there.”
Cllr George Duggins, cabinet member in charge of the library
doesn’t mean veto of a particular proposal. The people of this
city want toilets in the city centre. This was the best site
that was available. We’ve got to get on and make that work.”
cabinet decided that it had already met the requirements of the
Scrutiny Committee's demand for extra consultation, and sent it
the issue back for re-approval next Thursday.
the Scrutiny Committee is still unhappy with the decision it will
be finally settled at the full council meeting that evening.
Ian Harris, who has campaigned against the information centre
being moved said:
consultation is a facade of democracy. All they do is show you
the knife before plunging it in your back."