Campaigning for permanent toilets

Councillor John Wilmott, left, and Trevor Locke with their petition for toilet facilties at the Library.
Councillor John Wilmott, left, and Trevor Locke with their petition for toilet facilties at the Library.
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A campaign for permanent public toilets at Hucknall Library has been launched by a councillor.

Councillor John Wilmott, of the Hucknall First Community Forum, has already gathered over 1,500 names on a petition calling for a public toilet to be provided at library, which he will present to Nottinghamshire County Council.

He says the facility could be provided while the library is closed for repairs.

Coun Wilmott said: “This is something that the people of Hucknall are crying out for. There is a toilet inside the library but it is not public - although elderly people and disabled people are allowed to use it.

“There isn’t a day goes by that someone doesn’t say that it isn’t a serious problem. So many people have problems with their waterworks - especially the inform and the elderly.”

Coun Wilmott said that since the closure of the main toilets on the market place 18 months ago there hasn’t been a public facility in Hucknall. He added that a public toilet in the library would be less vulnerable to vandals as the market place toilet was damaged frequently when it was open.

He said: “It was suggested that people use the toilets at H20 - but they are upstairs which causes problems for an ageing population. Every other library in the area of the same size has its own public toilet. Hucknall has been singled out.”

The library, in South Street, is set to benefit from a £300,000 make-over from Nottinghamshire County Council.

It will shut on December 12 at 4pm for six months while work is carried out to repair its roof, windows and brickwork.

A temporary library will be set up in the nearby John Godber Centre, in Ogle Street, on January 11.

The county council says there will also be an investment in new book stock when the library reopens.