From: Peter & Valerie Clarke, Ochiltree Close, Hastings
Unfortunately Cllr Edwards’ admirable letter raises more questions than answers. Maybe he could address the following:
• “Spending £1,200 per week on the facility” – would this sum include repairs, maintenance, electricity, water (lots of that), wages for attendants, business rates, and a need of £100.000 arising for structural repairs?
• “Shops such as Debenhams have a responsibility towards their customers and not the general public” – is it not a fact that the toilets in M&S and Debenhams are designated as public toilets?
I am sure if you ask the managers of these two stores if they are concerned about people entering their stores on a quest to spend a penny they would probably be happy that they may possibly spend a few pounds en-route.
• “Conservative group put forward amendments containing carefully calculated proposals that would avoid closure” – for our information could you inform what these proposals were?
• “The Labour council spends substantial sums on vanity projects” – what vanity projects would they be?
• “Listen to the views of the man and woman in the street” – how many times have the men and women in the street and you councillor used the Harold Place toilets in the last month?
It is interesting that Councillor Edwards does not mention that the Tories in their wisdom have decided to cut £1.2m from the Government grant to Hastings, one of the poorest areas in the country.
On the scale of services that the local council are struggling to provide where does a public toilet lay?
I think it is necessary to ask prospective Tory councillors when they appear on your doorstep any time soon, what would they cut to fill the funding gap.
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