St Giles toilets to become offices

The former men's toilets in the centre of St Giles

The former men's toilets in the centre of St Giles

First published in News

HISTORIC public toilets in St Giles can be turned into office space, council planning officers have ruled.

Gwyn Harries-Jones, the owner of the Galaxie Hotel in Banbury Road, had agreed a lease for the Victorian loos with Oxford City Council.

His planning application to turn the 119-year-old underground toilets into an office has now been approved.

Council planning officer Lisa Green said: “The change of use is considered acceptable as it is innovative in its approach and makes efficient use of the space.”

The city council closed the toilets, which opened in 1895, after health and safety concerns about caught-short pedestrians crossing the busy road.

The historic railings will be kept but the entrance will be covered by a glass structure.

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7:32am Wed 27 Aug 14

HomerSimpsonDoh says...

What the f##k so no Health and Safety issues now the council have not got to maintain it. Get theses idiots kicked off the council. So we was told a load of lies again
What the f##k so no Health and Safety issues now the council have not got to maintain it. Get theses idiots kicked off the council. So we was told a load of lies again HomerSimpsonDoh
  • Score: 13

7:53am Wed 27 Aug 14

Sophia says...

I guess this guy will offer clients an appointment as his convenience
I guess this guy will offer clients an appointment as his convenience Sophia
  • Score: 8

7:55am Wed 27 Aug 14

mytaxes says...

John Tanner and his cronies got what they wanted, first they let it fall into disrepair then blame Health and Safety for not reopening it, our councillors must think we are completely stupid.
John Tanner and his cronies got what they wanted, first they let it fall into disrepair then blame Health and Safety for not reopening it, our councillors must think we are completely stupid. mytaxes
  • Score: 12

9:06am Wed 27 Aug 14

EMBOX2 says...

mytaxes wrote:
John Tanner and his cronies got what they wanted, first they let it fall into disrepair then blame Health and Safety for not reopening it, our councillors must think we are completely stupid.
We ARE completely stupid - for re-electing these cretins time after time.
[quote][p][bold]mytaxes[/bold] wrote: John Tanner and his cronies got what they wanted, first they let it fall into disrepair then blame Health and Safety for not reopening it, our councillors must think we are completely stupid.[/p][/quote]We ARE completely stupid - for re-electing these cretins time after time. EMBOX2
  • Score: 11

11:28pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oafie says...

surprised they haven't allowed it to be student housing.
surprised they haven't allowed it to be student housing. oafie
  • Score: 0

11:30pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oafie says...

after health and safety concerns about caught-short pedestrians crossing the busy road.

busy 20mph road with dead slow or stationary traffic
hahahahahaaaa
after health and safety concerns about caught-short pedestrians crossing the busy road. busy 20mph road with dead slow or stationary traffic hahahahahaaaa oafie
  • Score: 0

11:33pm Wed 27 Aug 14

oafie says...

Seriously though...health and safety folks...what about the employees at the offices...will they have to wear hi vis uniforms?

Will there be toilets for the workers or will they have find to find public ones?
Seriously though...health and safety folks...what about the employees at the offices...will they have to wear hi vis uniforms? Will there be toilets for the workers or will they have find to find public ones? oafie
  • Score: 1

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