Councillors call for closure of Hatfield town centre toilets

PUBLISHED: 17:00 08 February 2014

Market Place toilets

Market Place toilets

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Public toilets in Hatfield have been branded a “bugbear” by councillors who are also calling for their closure.

The public conveniences in Hatfield Market Place, pictured, cost Hatfield Town Council (HTC) more than £19,000 per year to run.

At a meeting on Wednesday, council clerk Carrie Lloyd called them a “bugbear” and said they were not used by many people.

She said: “It is about time it got closed.

“It is time for a review on whether or not they are needed.”

"It is time for a review on whether or not they are needed."

Carrie Lloyd, Hatfield Town Council clerk

HTC pay Welwyn Hatfield Council £19,420 each year to keep the toilets open, a “special expense” which was agreed in 2007.

Mrs Lloyd said the town council is not permitted to see “a full breakdown” of special expenses and no clerks in Welwyn Hatfield had been serving when they were agreed.

“I think it is about time we revisited the special expenses,” she said.

“And I will keep pursuing it on a monthly basis until we do.”

Leader of the council Mick Clark said: “All we can do is keep trying and I’m grateful for Carrie for trying to get some answers off them.”


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