‘How long do I have to wait?’

Tom Redden with toilets for disalbed letters, Carters Park, Holbeach ANL-140930-162930009

Tom Redden with toilets for disalbed letters, Carters Park, Holbeach ANL-140930-162930009

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A disabled Holbeach man, who has been fighting for special toilets to be installed in a local park for more than a year, has been given some light relief with the news provision of facilities is still on the council agenda.

Tom Redden (70), of Harrington Croft, has been wheelchair bound for 20 years and says there are many like him in the town.

He especially enjoys being taken for strolls in Carters Park, but there is no disabled access to the toilets.

Mr Redden said: “My brother asked me if I wanted to go with him one day. When you are on water tablets and you want to go to the toilet, you have to go straight away – it can be very distressing.

“In the end we finished up having to go to Tesco.

“It’s not like when we were kids and we went behind a bush. If we did that these days all hell would be let loose.”

Last year, Mr Redden complained to Holbeach Parish Council and it was agreed a toilet for the disabled was needed.

However, he said he is disappointed that a year later nothing seems to have been done.

Teresa Daisley, deputy clerk of Holbeach Parish Council, said she remembered a call from Mr Redden last year.

She said: “The parish council agreed provision of a toilet for the disabled should be put on our wish list, for when funds became available.

“We have to prioritise what is needed in the town as there is only a limited amount to work with – and we have also had problems with vandalism of the existing toilets in the park.

“We are hugely sympathetic with Mr Redden and the need for a disabled toilet has not been forgotten.

“But we can say that the budget setting meeting for the next financial year is next month and it will be considered again.”