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  • "Wish other councils would do the same-
    Public Toilets should be just that, Many are unfortunately dominated by those wishing to use them for sexual activities.
    There are no qualms about advertising them and Oxon County Council awarded a grant to Terence Higgins Trust to provide health education services in such 'public sex environments'. Want to know where I.m talking about if you don't already. They advertise wildly enough
    cruising gays.com
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    thegayuk.com
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    or just check out lay bys and toilets on the A40- Oxfordshire.
    Councils are spending vast sums of money on cleaning, maintaining and clearly up the rubbish left behind at these sites- It could be well spent elsewhere.
    Many of these sites are no longer 'public' as people do not wish to use them.
    Taken from morethanjustamother.
    com- Toilet Training on the move
    As we passed each layby, turning or otherwise suitable opening, I slowed to a crawl to give the Toddler ample time to flag up any toileting needs. In between loo-stopportunities I slammed my foot down on the accelerator, like a child racing between the last two stools in a game of Musical Chairs. Inevitably, just as I committed myself to joining the dual carriage-way, he piped up; “Mummy -I-need-a-wee-NOW!
    Now, I know this stretch of the A40 like the back of my hand, and I know enough local gossip to avoid a particular lay-by. The one fast approaching, and the only available place to pull over safely enough for an emergency wee. Please don’t think me remotely bigoted, or at all reluctant to engage with all sectors of the community, but if you Google this particular Oxford lay-by you will find it features in a variety of Dogging sites (not of the Crufts variety, if you get my drift), several Cruising guides (no, not of the Mediteranean type), and a fair few Cottaging blogs (and no, not of the holiday-home ilk). So you can perhaps see why I was reluctant to expose my children (not to mention my childrens’ bits) to a beauty spot of ill repute. However, needs must when the devil’s threatening to wee on your gearstick, so I gingerly pulled over, extracted the Toddler from his central seat and pulled down his pants the bare minimum amount necessary to permit a standing up wee against the……



    Close them or put attendants in them and charge, but if they are supposed to be PUBLIC toilets then sort it out."
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Vale council may shut all of its public toilets

Oxford Mail: Vale opposition leader Richard Webber outside the Hales Meadow superloos in Abingdon Vale opposition leader Richard Webber outside the Hales Meadow superloos in Abingdon

PUBLIC toilets across the Vale could be closed to save more than £110,000.

Officers at Vale of White Horse District Council have suggested closing all remaining public conveniences the authority provides.

Two have already been closed in the last year and now the other eight face the axe. Steve King, 60, who lives at the Brewery Complex in Abingdon, said: “This is absolutely not a good idea.

“Ask the Vale council what their staff and councillors would do if they closed down the toilets in their offices.

“They are proposing the same thing for people who work in the town market, and shoppers as well.

“There is no point spending money on the shopping precinct and giving free parking away if they then take away their services.”

Closing all standard toilets in Abingdon, Botley, Faringdon and Wantage is estimated to save £15,000 a year per toilet, a total of £90,000. And shutting the automatic ‘Superloo’ toilets in Abingdon and Grove could save a further £12,000 from each site, a total of £24,000.

The toilet closures are among a raft of cash saving suggestions put forward by council officers to be considered by the cabinet on February 8.

The cabinet will decide whether to include the proposals in its draft £10.48m 2013/14 budget, due to be decided by the full council on February 20.

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Other proposed savings include: Stopping the out-of-hours service to deal with noise complaints, saving £12,000 a year Cut one environment warden post (Saving £36,000) Cut one post from the food team (£46,000) Charge parish councils more to empty dog bins, raising an extra £16,000 a year.

Charge new customers £9 to deliver garden waste bins, bringing in £9,000 a year.

Although the council is not legally obliged to provide public toilets, Lib Dem opposition leader for the Vale Richard Webber said his party opposed the idea of shutting them.

Mr Webber, 66, who lives in Drayton, said: “I feel closing these toilets would have a real bad impact on town centre vitality.

“The town centre is used more and more as place for socialising.

“So, although the toilets are expensive to run, we want to keep them, certainly for elderly and disabled people as an absolute minimum.”

The six public toilets under threat are in Manor Road, and Portway Car Park in Wantage, Southampton Street Car Park in Faringdon, Chapel Way, Botley and in the Charter Car Park and Abbey Meadows, Abingdon.

The council also provides two Superloos, which cost 20p to use, are self-cleaning and open 24 hours a day. They are at Hales Meadow in Abingdon and Millbrook Square in Grove.

Two other superloos, in West St Helen’s Street, Abingdon, and Post Office Lane, Wantage, were closed in July.

Council spokesman Gavin Walton said: “These proposals are yet to be considered by councillors. At this stage it would be wrong to assume that any of these ideas will be taken forward.”

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