Donington business owner calls for village toilets to be reopened
A business owner is fighting to have the public toilets within her village reopened to support an increasing number of visitors.
Hairdresser Nicola Burdall has written to South Holland District Council to ask for them to allow people to use the public toilets in Donington once more.
She approached the district prior to the imposition of lockdown to reopen the toilets following the successful introduction of a village market but shoppers have been left with no facilities.
Donington parish councillor Burdall believes the toilets in the village’s Market Place have not been open since March, when the first lockdown was introduced.
Coun Burdall said: “Donington is getting bigger with more housing so more people are going to come into the village. If we have more people in the village, we are going to need toilets – it is a necessity.
“If the public toilets were considered essential in 1965 when they were built, why are not they essential now?
“We are bigger and have more going in so it is essential for the village to have public toilets which are open.”
Coun Burdall says a number of business owners in the village have also been approached by visitors to use their toilets.
She said: “I have had a lot of people come into the shop ask to use the toilet. I can’t let people in and out like I used to when we are allowed to reopen.
“And I know that a lot of businesses are in the same position with a lot of people coming in and asking to use the toilet.”
She realised the need for the toilets was dire when she allowed a disabled woman who was travelling from Grantham to an appointment in Boston to use her toilet.
Coun Burdall said: “She was such a lovely lady but it just shows that we need to have the toilets open for people.”
Adistrict council spokesman said: “During a routine inspection following their closure in accordance with national lockdown guidelines, it was identified that remedial work is required on the toilets in Donington, and this is currently being investigated by council officers with the support of local building contractors.”