Welwyn Garden City toilets to be closed for good

PUBLISHED: 17:03 02 September 2011 | UPDATED: 17:13 02 September 2011

The toilet block in WGC town centre subway

The toilet block in WGC town centre subway

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LEWD behaviour, drug use and vandalism at a block of public toilets which costs taxpayers £44,000 a year to run, could result in its closure.

The public conveniences located in the subway in WGC town centre, are set to be closed, boarded up and stripped. A report to Welwyn Hatfield Council’s cabinet, which is due to discuss the proposals on Tuesday, said: “Legitimate, potential users are now being harrassed and discouraged from using the toilets.”

One 16-year-old boy contacted the council to report young men attempting to climb the partitions into the female section of the toliets where young schoolgirls were.

The report said complaints of this nature were typical and the block suffered from repeated vandalism, and were often used by shoplifters and drug users.

A one-off cost of £9,000 would be needed to cut off water and electricity, clear out internal fixtures and return the block to an empty shell.

They will also consider whether there is an opportunity to market the building for alternative usage.

In the longer term the area is earmarked for development in the council’s district plan, which would remove the subway and roundabout completely.

A council spokeswoman said: “Any redevelopment of this site will be guided by a detailed planning brief, a document the council is currently preparing and which will be subject to public consultation prior to adoption.”


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