NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Staff Sit Tight Over Toilets Plan
working at Coventry central library have refused to give their
views about the proposed relocation of the information centre in
protest at the lack of consultation over the scheme.
long-standing row over the installation of public toilets in the
ground floor of the building is set to reach a climax this week
when councillors examine the result of consultation with library
members, keen to meet the demand for new toilets in the city
centre, have argued that moving the information centre upstairs is
the only option.
have suggested moving the existing toilets on the first floor of
the library out to make way for the information centre.
new toilets downstairs are to be open longer
- from 8am to 10pm - than library hours and will have a
full time concierge. There will also be a telephone link to the
library for people unable to get to the Information Centre on the
members were ordered to take the views of library staff into
account before proceeding with the scheme.
vote among library users has revealed that 203 were in favour of
keeping the first floor toilets in their current location, while
only ten said they should be moved.
report to this Thursday’s Scrutiny Board meeting said that on
the basis of this public consultation, the Library Service
recommended that these toilets be retained.
of the project team say they have now addressed many of the major
concerns about the design of the new toilets, although some issues
relating to safety and signs can only be addressed as part of the
detailed design process.
library staff were specifically asked for their views on the
relocation of the Information centre, but declined to comment in
view of their objections to the principle of the scheme, and
perceived lack of consultation with them and the public.
discussion on how and where the Information Centre service
relocated will be required if the project proceeds.
is important to note that whilst library staff have been
informed about the proposal to site the toilets in the Central
Library building, they maintain they were not consulted on the
principle prior to the decision being made.”
Bernard Moore said he was glad that the views of the library staff
were being made known to councillors.
Moore, who with Ian Harris has been campaigning against the scheme
as he fears that it will lead to a drop in visitors to the
Information Centre, said:
been saying this all along, but the councillors will now have to
listen to them.”