‘Superloo’ idea goes down pan

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CONTROVERSIAL plans to replace Bulwell’s public toilets with a ‘superloo’ have been scrapped after a campaign to have the proposals flushed.

Nottingham City Council wanted to close the current toilets near the bus station on Lower Main Stret as part of budget cuts to save a total of £21 million.

The idea was to replace the toilet block with a plastic, 24-hour, self-cleaning ‘superloo’ costing £15,000.

Similar toilets have been installed elsewhere in Nottingham.

But the plan sparked anger among Bulwell residents, and a petition campaign attracted more than 1,000 names.

The petition was submitted to the council as part of its budget-setting meeting, and the depth of feeling proved crucial in councillors deciding to scrap the move.

Bulwell’s Labour MP, Graham Allen, said: “I’m delighted that the council has listened to our representations and saved the Bulwell loos.

“Great credit goes to local people and the three local councillors who spoke up for them in council. I’m glad these plans have met their WaterLOO!”

Coun Graham Chapman (Lab), leader of the city council, said: “When we went out to consultation in January, we said we were listening, and we’ve proven it by protecting Bulwell toilets from replacement with a ‘superloo’.

“Local councillors from Bulwell and Bulwell Forest, and the MP, Graham Allen, have worked hard to come up with the savings we need without losing this important facility to the community, so I congratulate them