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Desperate plea over lack of public toilets in parks
6:54pm Thursday 15th August 2013 in News
VISITORS to the borough’s parks during the week could find themselves caught short — because of a lack of public toilets.
Bury Council is keeping the toilets at parks shut on weekdays and only opening them at weekends.
It follows a reduction in the number of rangers working at the parks in cost-cutting measures introduced by Bury Council.
But Colette Jones, chairman of the Friends Of Close Park in Radcliffe, fears that people will choose not to use the parks when the toilets are closed or will go behind bushes instead.
She is concerned that ultimately the parks could decline if fewer people are visiting them.
Mrs Jones said: “The Friends in Close Park have offered to open and even clean the toilets instead as volunteers because we want people to have access, but this is having to be checked to see if there are any liability issues or to see if we, like the gardeners, may be held responsible.
“Even if the Friends Of Close Park can fulfil this role, it does not help other parks in the borough, especially where there are no Friends groups.
Councillor Jane Lewis, the council’s cabinet member for leisure, tourism and culture, said the situation was in a “state of flux” and that toilets would be available when events are held at the parks.
Cllr Lewis said: “With the cuts to rangers, that has made life a little more difficult for us. We are working out the best way of dealing with that at the moment.”
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