Welwyn Hatfield Council slammed for £100k toilet refurbishment plans

PUBLISHED: 12:44 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 12:49 05 July 2017

Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

Welwyn Hatfield Council offices

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Welwyn Hatfield Council has been blasted for its "disgusting" decision to fork out £100,000 on toilet refurbishments.

The plans are noted in the local authority’s 2017/18 budget, and include revamping two restrooms in the north wing of its Campus East offices.

It comes soon after the Welwyn Hatfield Times revealed that the council’s chief executive was refurbishing his office to the tune of £12,500 within weeks of assuming the role.

Panshanger resident Jerry Larke slammed the latest “disgusting” decision, claiming there were countless better ways to invest the money such as not charging for brown bin collections.

However, a council spokeswoman stressed that the toilets had not been updated since being built over 35 years ago.

She added: “As part of the wider project to bring more council services under one roof, over 100 staff have also moved into the building, putting additional pressure on existing facilities.

“The refurbishment will change the current layout so that we can provide more accessible facilities for all staff and create space for two additional disabled toilets.

“The cost also includes asbestos surveys, building control and structural engineer specification for the work, all of which is a requirement before any work is carried out.”

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