NOV 00] COVENTRY CITY COUNCIL NEWS
Library Staff Pan Council's Toilet Plans
staff in Coventry have launched a scathing attack on Coventry’s
council leader in the row over public toilets replacing the
committee of staff concerned at the move has written a letter
condemning Cllr Nick Nolan for failing to take into account the
strong opposition to the move.
council’s scrutiny board will meet tomorrow in to decide whether
adequate consultation has been carried out.
have carried out protests outside the library against the plans.
They fear the new toilets are not appropriate for the library
building and that the services available in the information centre
would be lost to vulnerable people if it were moved upstairs.
one element that seems to be missing from Nick Nolan's so-called
response to the overwhelming opposition to the council's plan to
replace the Information Centre with public toilets is any
recognition of the concept of democracy.
Moore produced a 3000+ name petition against this ludicrous plan
- a document which would have been even more substantial had he
not been forbidden from collecting further names in the Library
- on instructions from the Council House.
Nolan dismisses the petition recently placed before the council
as 'well-orchestrated'. How many letters has the council
received congratulating them on this magnificent idea?”
is a need for extra toilets in the city centre - but surely
there are better locations that will not result in the loss of
such an invaluable service.
the City Centre Company and the council are convinced of this
need, surely they ought to be extending the planned provision in
the Lower Precinct development.”
staff say they have had no proper consultation with staff, and
representatives have been “harassed and badgered” at a recent
meeting with cabinet members.
they say the move goes against the council’s own principles of
social inclusion, set out in the Coventry Community Plan.
removal of the Information Centre from its present site seems to
us a prime example of Social EXCLUSION
many mothers with prams and/or small children, wheelchair users
and the generally less mobile will be prepared to trek upstairs
in the hope of finding what is now easily accessible at street
proposal that the Information Centre can be relocated to the
main library floor just shows just how divorced from reality the
library service has not been properly financed for years and the
central library is already overcrowded. What the council don't
seem to take into consideration is that the Information Centre
comprises not just the public area but an equally large storage
letter concludes by pointing out that library users would have to
go down three flights of stairs and then pay to use the toilets if
the facilities on the main floor were taken out to make room for
the Information Centre.
[06 NOV 00] STAFF SIT
TIGHT OVER TOILET PLAN