Spalding toilets - 'I'd pay 20p to use them'
With regard to the article about public toilets in the Lincolnshire Free Press of September 10, I feel that the proposal to close the Vine Street toilet to be a retrograde step. These toilets have not been in being for very long and when new were very clean. However, they have deteriorated over the years and recently the gents has been closed. Why people have to cause such abuse and destruction to a vital public facility I do not know.
I would fully support any scheme to charge 20p to use such a facility. I remember when I first came to this area the toilets in the Sheep Market had attendants looking after them and they were kept immaculate - but council cuts did away with this.
The closing of the Vine Street toilet will only lead to further urination and defecation in the streets and alleyways - the passageway from The Crescent to Bridge Street being a particularly bad spot, with the doorway behind the estate agents being appalling and the stench from it is quite sickening and detrimental to health.
Can something be done to clean up this doorway and provide some means to stop people getting into it - as it does not seem that the entrance is used. Whether the 20p charge would put off the drug dealers etc remains to be seen, but the revenue could be used to keep the toilets cleaner.