‘Battle of the Bogs’ over axe for toilets

FLUSH THIS PLAN DOWN THE PAN -- campaigners (from left)  Marilyn Walker, Carol Eley and Ros Yousef collect signatures against plans to replace Bulwell's public toilets -- DISPIC NHUD12-0253-1

FLUSH THIS PLAN DOWN THE PAN -- campaigners (from left) Marilyn Walker, Carol Eley and Ros Yousef collect signatures against plans to replace Bulwell's public toilets -- DISPIC NHUD12-0253-1

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A NEW ‘Battle of the Bogs’ has broken out in Bulwell — this time involving public toilets.

It is ten years since a successful campaign was launched to save ‘Bulwell Bogs’ recreation park from the impact of a public transport plan.

Now, a protest petition has been started in a bid to stop the free public loos next to Bulwell bus station, off Lower Main Street, from being closed.

The petition already has about 1,000 names and it was presented at Nottingham City Council’s meeting on Monday.

The campaign has been started by Ros Yousef, a member of the council’s Area One Committee.

“There has been a fantastic response to the petition and people have queued up to sign it,” said Ros. “A great many people use these toilets, including market traders, bus drivers and families who go to ‘Bulwell Bogs’, which is just across the road.”

The council plans to replace the toilets with plastic self-cleaning ‘superloos’.

But Ros said: “There has been a problem with them because of the time element. It takes three minutes to flush the toilets out with water after each usage.

“If shutting the toilets is a cost-cutting exercise, how much will it be to demolish them?

“I think a lot of people would be happy to spend 5p or 10p to go to the existing toilets if it meant they could stay.”

Mother-of-two Lisa Brownlow, of Bilborough, was shocked when a Dispatch reporter told her about the proposal.

She said: “The toilets are so handy for myself and the kids to use straight after we have got off the bus. It doesn’t seem all that long ago since a lot of work was done and money spent by the council to do the toilets up. I hope the council will think again.”

The campaigners are hoping to repeat the victory which was achieved in the Save Our ‘Bogs’ campaign, which was aimed at shielding the park from the effects of a groundbreaking interchange which would have brought trams, trains and buses together.

The scheme would have helped passengers make easy connections between the three types of transport — but it would have encroached on the ‘Bogs’, a picturesque open space which has been described as ‘the heart of Bulwell’.

The site, located near the town centre, features the River Leen and a children’s playground as well as a spectacular water park and memory garden which have been added since the campaign.

Coun Dave Trimble (Lab), Nottingham City Council’s lead member for leisure, culture and tourism, said: ”The proposal is to continue the programme of installing 24-hour superloos across the city by installing one at Bulwell bus station to replace the current toilets, which close at 4 pm daily.

“A period of consultation on the proposals and online consultation through the city council’s website has now ended. However, we are always keen to hear people’s views before any final decision is made.”