Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team urges people to have t

Ben Murphy and Veronica Bennett


Crosby & Blundellsands Labour Action Team is urging people to spend a little time thinking about how they spend a penny when out and about in the area.

Sefton Council is currently holding a public consultation with residents over the future of its public toilets.

The local authority has been hit by a further £50m worth of cuts by the Tory-Lib Dem Government on top of £64.5m cuts over the previous two years.

As a result, Sefton Council is reviewing every penny it spends in an attempt to balance the books.

A consultation on public toilets was launched just before Christmas and will run until February 1.

Residents are being asked:

1.       Do you agree with closing all public conveniences within the borough to save money?
2.       If you answered no, please explain why?
3.       Would you be prepared to pay to use all of these facilities? If so, how much?
a)      Not at all
b)      Up to 30p
c)      Up to 40p
d)      Up to 50p
4.       Would you be prepared to use toilets in cafes, restaurants and other buildings if the council can negotiate this with local businesses?
5.       What ways do you think the council can reduce the impact of this proposed change?

Blundellsands Ward Labour Councillor Veronica Bennett is urging people to take part in the consultation which could decide the future of the public conveniences on the waterfront near to coastguard station off Burbo Bank Road North.

Cllr Bennett said: "Sefton Council has been hit hard by the Tory-Lib Dem Government, so the authority has to look seriously at all of the services it provides.

"One of those services is Sefton-run public toilets - and that includes the one near to the coastguard station. These toilets are already pay-to-go.
"People need to have their say on this issue. This is a very popular area for visitors and a public toilet is required at that site.

"That's why we need people in Blundellsands and Crosby to take part in the consultation so that any decision about the future of the toilet is made with the views of local residents in mind."

Cllr Bennett said the Tory-Lib Dem Government cuts to Sefton's funding were making it impossible for the local authority to continue to provide all of the services it currently provides.

Crosby & Blundellsands Ward Labour Action Team's Ben Murphy said: "The Tory-Lib Dem cuts are really hurting the people of Sefton - and it can only get worse.

"Council officers have worked out that the overall closure of public toilets throughout the borough would save £52,000. But is it in the interests of Sefton's residents?

"That's what the consultation will find out. But people in Crosby and Blundellsands need to take part."

The online consultation can be found at:

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