New upgraded public toilets open at Union Terrace car park in York

New upgraded public toilets open in York

New upgraded public toilets open in York

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UPGRADED public toilets have opened at two York car parks as part of a £650,000 investment across the city by City of York Council.

The Union Terrace car park conveniences now includes unisex cubicles, a changing place facility for disabled people and a baby change facility. There is also a night toilet facility available during the day at busy times.

At the Nunnery Lane car park, there are two unisex cubicles – one of which is accessible and which has a baby change facility – and a night time toilet.

Meanwhile, the old conveniences in Exhibition Square have been demolished and six unisex and two accessible temporary toilets with baby change will be in place by July 3.

A spokeswoman said consent for the demolition had been granted previously and full planning permission for new and improved toilets was expected on August 13. She said refurbishment contractor Healthmatic would put out a tender on August 1 for local contractors to carry out the works to build the new toilets and a proposed new retail unit.

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10:02am Thu 26 Jun 14

Archiebold the 1st says...

I don't think any comments are even required for this article. 650k for bogs is just the icing on the cake with this lot. How do they as an organisation even justify such an investment. I think there are more urgent investments required in this city.
I don't think any comments are even required for this article. 650k for bogs is just the icing on the cake with this lot. How do they as an organisation even justify such an investment. I think there are more urgent investments required in this city. Archiebold the 1st
  • Score: 28

10:05am Thu 26 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

Archiebold the 1st wrote:
I don't think any comments are even required for this article. 650k for bogs is just the icing on the cake with this lot. How do they as an organisation even justify such an investment. I think there are more urgent investments required in this city.
Well Alexander and co are full of a certain brown substance so 650k on bogs is rather apt for them
[quote][p][bold]Archiebold the 1st[/bold] wrote: I don't think any comments are even required for this article. 650k for bogs is just the icing on the cake with this lot. How do they as an organisation even justify such an investment. I think there are more urgent investments required in this city.[/p][/quote]Well Alexander and co are full of a certain brown substance so 650k on bogs is rather apt for them andrew flower
  • Score: 31

10:38am Thu 26 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I was (mistakenly) under the imprecision that the NEW facilities were of the manned variety, not Tardis style cubicles and at 40p a time, I Take it the old saying of "Spend a penny" is history.

now we have conveniences that are not convenient.

as for rebuilding, Why just now tenders going out, (PRIOR PREPARATION AND PLANNING PREVENTS P""S POOR PERFORMANCE. What with Tour De Fragle rock and a tourist centre...
I was (mistakenly) under the imprecision that the NEW facilities were of the manned variety, not Tardis style cubicles and at 40p a time, I Take it the old saying of "Spend a penny" is history. now we have conveniences that are not convenient. as for rebuilding, Why just now tenders going out, (PRIOR PREPARATION AND PLANNING PREVENTS P""S POOR PERFORMANCE. What with Tour De Fragle rock and a tourist centre... Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 6

10:48am Thu 26 Jun 14

Fat Harry says...

Sometimes I almost feel sorry for the council.

Usually when public toilets are mentioned in the Press, the comments are all about how dirty and decrepit they are, how they put off tourists & shoppers returning (ever ever again, costing our hard-pressed local businesses untold thousands of pounds in lost business), and how the council should make them fit to use.

My own reservations about the "improvements" are that there seems to be a loss of capacity, and that I'm sure I'm not the only one who is uneasy with the idea of "unisex" loos.
Sometimes I almost feel sorry for the council. Usually when public toilets are mentioned in the Press, the comments are all about how dirty and decrepit they are, how they put off tourists & shoppers returning (ever ever again, costing our hard-pressed local businesses untold thousands of pounds in lost business), and how the council should make them fit to use. My own reservations about the "improvements" are that there seems to be a loss of capacity, and that I'm sure I'm not the only one who is uneasy with the idea of "unisex" loos. Fat Harry
  • Score: 30

12:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

CHISSY1 says...

Lets face there is a serious lack of toilets in this country.Going to the toilet is one of life's necessities.It does not matter how much they cost,we need them always have always will.
Lets face there is a serious lack of toilets in this country.Going to the toilet is one of life's necessities.It does not matter how much they cost,we need them always have always will. CHISSY1
  • Score: 17

12:06pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Jim says...

Surely any sane person would have approached the project as follows:
1 Design new conveniences
2 Apply for permission(s) to demolish existing and build new
3 Put job out to tender
4 Demolish, clear site, construct new in one continuous job
No, can't do that can we?
1 Apply for permission to demolish
2 Knock the old ones down
3 Install a temporary solution
4 Put job out for tender
5 Apply for planning permission
6 Assuming that permission is granted, eventually get around to building
In the mean time there's a temporary solution on a demolistion site on the route of a sports event that's televised all over the world.
You can't make this stuff up can you?
Surely any sane person would have approached the project as follows: 1 Design new conveniences 2 Apply for permission(s) to demolish existing and build new 3 Put job out to tender 4 Demolish, clear site, construct new in one continuous job No, can't do that can we? 1 Apply for permission to demolish 2 Knock the old ones down 3 Install a temporary solution 4 Put job out for tender 5 Apply for planning permission 6 Assuming that permission is granted, eventually get around to building In the mean time there's a temporary solution on a demolistion site on the route of a sports event that's televised all over the world. You can't make this stuff up can you? Jim
  • Score: 28

12:59pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Ignatius Lumpopo says...

"A night toilet available at busy times of the day". One assumes it's available at night - but what's a busy time of the day? In toilet terms, one would assume it's when people want to go to the toilet. So is it a 24-hour toilet? Perhaps it's a regular toilet that is immersed in gloom. Or is it a designated toilet from which night soil is taken?

I need further details.
"A night toilet available at busy times of the day". One assumes it's available at night - but what's a busy time of the day? In toilet terms, one would assume it's when people want to go to the toilet. So is it a 24-hour toilet? Perhaps it's a regular toilet that is immersed in gloom. Or is it a designated toilet from which night soil is taken? I need further details. Ignatius Lumpopo
  • Score: 15

1:24pm Thu 26 Jun 14

TheTruthHurts says...

CHISSY1 wrote:
Lets face there is a serious lack of toilets in this country.Going to the toilet is one of life's necessities.It does not matter how much they cost,we need them always have always will.
I have to agree with you. I mean there is only one, sometimes two toilets in every single residential and business building in the country. Its crazy absolutely nowhere near enough!
[quote][p][bold]CHISSY1[/bold] wrote: Lets face there is a serious lack of toilets in this country.Going to the toilet is one of life's necessities.It does not matter how much they cost,we need them always have always will.[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you. I mean there is only one, sometimes two toilets in every single residential and business building in the country. Its crazy absolutely nowhere near enough! TheTruthHurts
  • Score: 6

2:57pm Thu 26 Jun 14

anistasia says...

I hope the disabled toilets are usable 24hrs a day often tried to use but locked was told so druggies and homeless people can't use them to sleep in or shoot up in.and yes I've found needles in the toilets.I have seen various people coming out off the toilets with no disabilities annoying when I'm waiting to go.homeless seem to get keys but how I had to show proof to get my key but I know you can buy them on line this should be restricted and some proof asked for. one case I do remember well a young happy fit couple come out of the disabled toilet in tesco then he carrying her on his back she laughing then running around they were in the toilet for some time again genuine disabled having to wait. for the cost I hope the toilets will be needle free hot water soap available and clean.
I hope the disabled toilets are usable 24hrs a day often tried to use but locked was told so druggies and homeless people can't use them to sleep in or shoot up in.and yes I've found needles in the toilets.I have seen various people coming out off the toilets with no disabilities annoying when I'm waiting to go.homeless seem to get keys but how I had to show proof to get my key but I know you can buy them on line this should be restricted and some proof asked for. one case I do remember well a young happy fit couple come out of the disabled toilet in tesco then he carrying her on his back she laughing then running around they were in the toilet for some time again genuine disabled having to wait. for the cost I hope the toilets will be needle free hot water soap available and clean. anistasia
  • Score: 0

3:09pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on...........
A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on........... pedalling paul
  • Score: -3

3:32pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Local lassie says...

The ones in Union Terrace didn't look very open when I walked past yesterday about quarter to 4. Queues of people waiting to use the facilities and someone in a hi viz vest looking like he was trying to organise things and standing guard outside the disabled toilet. Not a good advert for revamped facilities.
The ones in Union Terrace didn't look very open when I walked past yesterday about quarter to 4. Queues of people waiting to use the facilities and someone in a hi viz vest looking like he was trying to organise things and standing guard outside the disabled toilet. Not a good advert for revamped facilities. Local lassie
  • Score: 6

4:18pm Thu 26 Jun 14

bloodaxe says...

Damned if you do, damned if you don't.
Damned if you do, damned if you don't. bloodaxe
  • Score: 0

5:03pm Thu 26 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

pedalling paul wrote:
A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on...........
Tie a knot in it
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on...........[/p][/quote]Tie a knot in it andrew flower
  • Score: 8

5:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

pedalling paul says...

andrew flower wrote:
pedalling paul wrote:
A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on...........
Tie a knot in it
Ouch!!!!!
[quote][p][bold]andrew flower[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: A pity that the order of work at Bootham Bar has temporarily left us with nothing to go on...........[/p][/quote]Tie a knot in it[/p][/quote]Ouch!!!!! pedalling paul
  • Score: 1

6:00pm Thu 26 Jun 14

steaknchips says...

There is a severe lack of toilets around the city centre, the savings in citizens damaged underwear will be vast. I myself have saved £1.49 in boxer shorts repairs since January
There is a severe lack of toilets around the city centre, the savings in citizens damaged underwear will be vast. I myself have saved £1.49 in boxer shorts repairs since January steaknchips
  • Score: 3

6:16pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Does the council and you will never guess who the Council Member for toilets is "Yes" Merrett the ferret,
We have gone from Toilet Block facilities to Unisex cubiles, that seem to be part tolets part changing facilities, and part evening and part day facilities. Ho and Prior Planning (Whats That) Mr Merrett . Think the City will need those emergency/Building Site "Portaloos.
Does the council and you will never guess who the Council Member for toilets is "Yes" Merrett the ferret, We have gone from Toilet Block facilities to Unisex cubiles, that seem to be part tolets part changing facilities, and part evening and part day facilities. Ho and Prior Planning (Whats That) Mr Merrett . Think the City will need those emergency/Building Site "Portaloos. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 2

6:48pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Jonlogical says...

The £20 each they are planning to charge us for residents parking permits, (currently free) will soon have us awash with toilets!
The £20 each they are planning to charge us for residents parking permits, (currently free) will soon have us awash with toilets! Jonlogical
  • Score: 2

8:22pm Thu 26 Jun 14

andrew flower says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Does the council and you will never guess who the Council Member for toilets is "Yes" Merrett the ferret,
We have gone from Toilet Block facilities to Unisex cubiles, that seem to be part tolets part changing facilities, and part evening and part day facilities. Ho and Prior Planning (Whats That) Mr Merrett . Think the City will need those emergency/Building Site "Portaloos.
Merrett, Alexander's lapdog.
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Does the council and you will never guess who the Council Member for toilets is "Yes" Merrett the ferret, We have gone from Toilet Block facilities to Unisex cubiles, that seem to be part tolets part changing facilities, and part evening and part day facilities. Ho and Prior Planning (Whats That) Mr Merrett . Think the City will need those emergency/Building Site "Portaloos.[/p][/quote]Merrett, Alexander's lapdog. andrew flower
  • Score: 5

11:15pm Thu 26 Jun 14

eeoodares says...

Thats why everybody should be grateful for McDonalds.
Thats why everybody should be grateful for McDonalds. eeoodares
  • Score: 2

11:21pm Thu 26 Jun 14

Bad magic says...

Fat Harry wrote:
Sometimes I almost feel sorry for the council.

Usually when public toilets are mentioned in the Press, the comments are all about how dirty and decrepit they are, how they put off tourists & shoppers returning (ever ever again, costing our hard-pressed local businesses untold thousands of pounds in lost business), and how the council should make them fit to use.

My own reservations about the "improvements" are that there seems to be a loss of capacity, and that I'm sure I'm not the only one who is uneasy with the idea of "unisex" loos.
Entirely seconded. The facilities were in serious need of upgrading and making usable again. This level of investment is a definite good thing. So (as much as it pains me to say it) kudos to the council for that.
I just hope that they are well maintained and kept clean. The state they were in before was an utter embarrassment.
[quote][p][bold]Fat Harry[/bold] wrote: Sometimes I almost feel sorry for the council. Usually when public toilets are mentioned in the Press, the comments are all about how dirty and decrepit they are, how they put off tourists & shoppers returning (ever ever again, costing our hard-pressed local businesses untold thousands of pounds in lost business), and how the council should make them fit to use. My own reservations about the "improvements" are that there seems to be a loss of capacity, and that I'm sure I'm not the only one who is uneasy with the idea of "unisex" loos.[/p][/quote]Entirely seconded. The facilities were in serious need of upgrading and making usable again. This level of investment is a definite good thing. So (as much as it pains me to say it) kudos to the council for that. I just hope that they are well maintained and kept clean. The state they were in before was an utter embarrassment. Bad magic
  • Score: 3

2:17pm Fri 27 Jun 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I never use public toilets but I often walk past those in Exhibition Square and I was curious what they were up to. It looks as though the new ones are going to have a wooden framework?
I never use public toilets but I often walk past those in Exhibition Square and I was curious what they were up to. It looks as though the new ones are going to have a wooden framework? Pinza-C55
  • Score: 1

10:42pm Fri 27 Jun 14

stevla says...

How can the 'Starre inn the city' have demolished the public toilet block, boaters sluice, disabled, night toilet, and refuse disposal point, replacing them with two single disabled toilets to be used by the whole of museum gardens, with no signage?
These toilets are invariably filthy, there is a new elsan disposal point for emptying portaloos next to it housing overflowing bins and kitchen equipment.
How can they snub their nose at the people of york by expecting them to forget that they are legally obliged under planning conditions to replace the toilets they bulldozed BEFORE commencing trading!.
I.m amazed they are allowed to trade until they have fulfilled their obligations to the city!
I.ve seen visitors to the city turn around and walk away, rather than risk the filth and stench of those toilets!
How can the 'Starre inn the city' have demolished the public toilet block, boaters sluice, disabled, night toilet, and refuse disposal point, replacing them with two single disabled toilets to be used by the whole of museum gardens, with no signage? These toilets are invariably filthy, there is a new elsan disposal point for emptying portaloos next to it housing overflowing bins and kitchen equipment. How can they snub their nose at the people of york by expecting them to forget that they are legally obliged under planning conditions to replace the toilets they bulldozed BEFORE commencing trading!. I.m amazed they are allowed to trade until they have fulfilled their obligations to the city! I.ve seen visitors to the city turn around and walk away, rather than risk the filth and stench of those toilets! stevla
  • Score: 9

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