White Lion Meadows public toilets in Whitchurch
Whitchurch Town Council regrettably approved closure of the public toilets at White Lion Meadows at its full council meeting earlier this month (Thursday 3 November 2011).
These toilets have been operated by the town council since April 2011, following an interim management arrangement agreed with Shropshire Council earlier in the year.
The closure of the toilets follows concerns about increasing occurrences of vandalism and associated anti-social behaviour. Also, concerns about the associated impact of these issues upon the town council’s resources.
Councillor Martin Bennett, Shropshire Council’s deputy Cabinet member, said:
“Shropshire Council believes that there are some services which are far better managed and delivered at a local level, and that parish and town councils are best placed to make informed decisions on behalf of the people that they represent, and we respect the right of Whitchurch Town Council to decide that the toilets should close.”
Peggy Mullock, Whitchurch Town Councillor, and Shropshire Councillor for Whitchurch North, said:
“The public conveniences have been closed. There was increasing levels of vandalism and increasing instances of anti-social behaviour. The cost of rectifying the damage was becoming unsustainable. Hence the town council took the decision to close the toilets with immediate effect.”