OCT 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Toilet Scheme Goes Back In The Cistern
decision on toilets in Coventry’s central library has been
delayed again after councillors insisted on waiting for the
outcome of consultation -
but the public’s views won’t be asked.
cabinet member in charge of the scheme said the toilets had to go
in the ground floor of the library building, where the information
centre is as there is no other city centre option.
Dave Batten told councillors sitting on the scrutiny board
monitoring the decision that library staff were being asked their
on the practicalities of the move, and said many of their fears
about the logistics and security were being addressed.
he said the toilets were going in the library building regardless
of their opinion of the move.
also said that there were no plans to ask the public’s opinion
on the matter.
week the cabinet decided they had fulfilled a request by the
scrutiny board to carry out more consultation.
Labour, Conservative and Socialist members all agreed yesterday
that the council should wait until the results of the
consultation were known before pressing ahead.
pointed out to Cllr Batten that the board had requested the
decision be reconsidered in the light of the consultation.
Karen McKay (Socialist, St Michael’s) said:
was quite clear that we wanted was to give the staff and the
public the option and allowing them to be part of the decision.
are being offered consultation on the type of toilets and the
details of the plans.
want to see the consultation papers, but I believe that this not
the consultation that we were expecting.
cannot accept the sort of plan as it is at the moment.”
already public toilets in the library on the first floor and
the proposal is to move them to the ground floor.
not a matter of asking people whether they want toilets because
the toilets already exist.”
Cllr Gary Crookes read out a letter sent to all councillors from
the trade unions representing library staff, saying they felt they
hadn’t been consulted.
is expected that the decision will return to the scrutiny board in
three weeks time.
leading a campaign against the move, which had included the
gathering of more than 3,000 signatures on two petitions, said
they will step up their efforts in the meantime.