Darlington council defends temporary reopening of toilets for 10K road race

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TOWN hall officials have defended the one-off opening of mothballed public toilets in the town centre during last weekend's Darlington 10k event, following criticism from a senior councillor.

Toilet facilities in the town's Victorian Indoor Market – which have been closed since April 2012 as a result of Darlington Borough Council budget cuts – were open for three hours on Sunday (August 10) morning, to cope with the demand of the more than 1,700 runners.

A town hall spokeswoman said ensuring there were adequate toilet facilities for runners was a key factor in organising the 10k, which has been widely praised as a big success.

She said the cost of re-opening the toilets temporarily was drawn from the event's operating budget, which was partly drawn from external sponsors.

Both the market toilets and the public conveniences in the council-run Dolphin Centre are right on the Market Square, where the runners gathered at the end of the race.

However, it was felt the Dolphin Centre toilets alone would have been inadequate to cope with the demand from 10k runners and spectators.

Organisers decided to temporarily open the toilets to deal with the demand.

Veteran Conservative councillor Bill Stenson has repeatedly called for the toilets to be re-opened, claiming the facilities could be staffed by volunteers to save money.

At a meeting of the full council last month, Cllr Stenson was told it would cost an initial £68,000 to re-open the toilets permanently, as well as £30,000 a year on top of that, for maintenance.

He said: "I am not knocking the 10k, because I think it's good for the town, but it would also be good for the town to have the toilets open permanently

"It makes me feel a bit aggrieved that they can say it will cost so much to re-open them permanently, yet they can open them on a one-off basis whenever they like.

"It just goes to show the toilets can be opened when it suits the council, but to just open the toilets for one day reflects badly on the council."

A council spokeswoman said: "The toilets were open for a limited time for the benefit of the 10k runners and spectators, to avoid potential crowds at the Dolphin Centre toilets.

"We had to make sure there was adequate toilet facilities in the town centre."

She added that the toilets were still deemed fit to use despite having been closed for so long.

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1:22pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Quaker Boy says...

This Mickey Mouse Council just gets better and better.

The Council spokeswoman has shot herself in the foot. The Council are saying it would cost £68k to initialy re-open the toilets but she said "The toilets are still deemed fit to use". You can't believe anything this Council says, especially when it comes to costings.
This Mickey Mouse Council just gets better and better. The Council spokeswoman has shot herself in the foot. The Council are saying it would cost £68k to initialy re-open the toilets but she said "The toilets are still deemed fit to use". You can't believe anything this Council says, especially when it comes to costings. Quaker Boy
  • Score: 68

1:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Bill_Teesside says...

Pretty typical of Darlington Council, Never mind the 10k of shoppers who would like this toilet reopened + all the indoor market tenants being forced out of business by the small amount of foot fall the indoor market now recieves
The solution is quite easy sack a traffic warden or 2, Give free parking for the first hour and move the market back to where it belongs in the Market Place. Give this town the boost it deserves
Pretty typical of Darlington Council, Never mind the 10k of shoppers who would like this toilet reopened + all the indoor market tenants being forced out of business by the small amount of foot fall the indoor market now recieves The solution is quite easy sack a traffic warden or 2, Give free parking for the first hour and move the market back to where it belongs in the Market Place. Give this town the boost it deserves Bill_Teesside
  • Score: 80

2:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

oliviaden6 says...

The only thing that will give this town a boost is to sack Bill Dixon and his crones and start again. They are consistant in there approach since i have lived here (3years now) i have seen this town sink slowly below the horizon it will not be long before it is ruined for ever. I fell sorry for the good people of this town who have endured this farce for so long, Darlington was great and could be great again, if the cowboys at the Town Hall are outed as incompetent fools.
The only thing that will give this town a boost is to sack Bill Dixon and his crones and start again. They are consistant in there approach since i have lived here (3years now) i have seen this town sink slowly below the horizon it will not be long before it is ruined for ever. I fell sorry for the good people of this town who have endured this farce for so long, Darlington was great and could be great again, if the cowboys at the Town Hall are outed as incompetent fools. oliviaden6
  • Score: 67

2:46pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Homshaw1 says...

I go to Redcar quite often. There are toilets in Redcar, toilets in Zetland Park, toilets in each of two picnic sites between Redcar and Marske, a toilet in Marske and a toilet in Saltburn. There may be more that I don't know about.

Does Redcar not face the same problems with budgets?

There are workers constantly tidying up even on a Saturday. Darlington is minging.

Why the difference?
I go to Redcar quite often. There are toilets in Redcar, toilets in Zetland Park, toilets in each of two picnic sites between Redcar and Marske, a toilet in Marske and a toilet in Saltburn. There may be more that I don't know about. Does Redcar not face the same problems with budgets? There are workers constantly tidying up even on a Saturday. Darlington is minging. Why the difference? Homshaw1
  • Score: 54

3:49pm Fri 15 Aug 14

darloboss says...

sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax
sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax darloboss
  • Score: -12

4:06pm Fri 15 Aug 14

judygone says...

darloboss wrote:
sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax
This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax[/p][/quote]This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council. judygone
  • Score: -12

4:07pm Fri 15 Aug 14

judygone says...

darloboss wrote:
sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax
This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council.
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax[/p][/quote]This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council. judygone
  • Score: -17

5:10pm Fri 15 Aug 14

darloboss says...

sorry judygone lat comment bang on
thic council are happy to spend on themselves but not on the mugs that pay them
sorry judygone lat comment bang on thic council are happy to spend on themselves but not on the mugs that pay them darloboss
  • Score: 22

5:15pm Fri 15 Aug 14

Keech1985 says...

How could the toilets be opened for the 10k if they would cost 68k to reopen them? Am I missing something
How could the toilets be opened for the 10k if they would cost 68k to reopen them? Am I missing something Keech1985
  • Score: 28

5:35pm Fri 15 Aug 14

behonest says...

judygone wrote:
darloboss wrote:
sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax
This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council.
Is it really bang out of order? Darloboss gave commiserations over the man's death, but questioned council expenditure (of our money) on the funeral, at a time when the council are pleading poverty. The death is very sad, of course it is, but the question is a valid one.
[quote][p][bold]judygone[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax[/p][/quote]This comment is totally out of order ! As for the main story yet again more **** from our council.[/p][/quote]Is it really bang out of order? Darloboss gave commiserations over the man's death, but questioned council expenditure (of our money) on the funeral, at a time when the council are pleading poverty. The death is very sad, of course it is, but the question is a valid one. behonest
  • Score: 34

5:43pm Fri 15 Aug 14

maclaren says...

darloboss wrote:
sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax
Disgusting comment
[quote][p][bold]darloboss[/bold] wrote: sorry for the binman that passed away but if this council is so hard up it cant open up pubilc toilets just who is paying for the fuel that the 30 council vehicles burned up following the funeral courtage hope thats not comming out of my poll tax[/p][/quote]Disgusting comment maclaren
  • Score: -19

5:51pm Fri 15 Aug 14

stevegg says...

The council always does what it wants not what the public wants. Its a disgrace that their are no public toilet facilities yet they can afford to pay the chief executive Ada Burns £180k and other executives £120k!!!!!
The council always does what it wants not what the public wants. Its a disgrace that their are no public toilet facilities yet they can afford to pay the chief executive Ada Burns £180k and other executives £120k!!!!! stevegg
  • Score: 42

6:01pm Fri 15 Aug 14

maclaren says...

stevegg wrote:
The council always does what it wants not what the public wants. Its a disgrace that their are no public toilet facilities yet they can afford to pay the chief executive Ada Burns £180k and other executives £120k!!!!!
The dolphin centre has toilets and is run by THE COUNCIL USE THEM ITS 50 YARDS AWAY stop bloody whinging
[quote][p][bold]stevegg[/bold] wrote: The council always does what it wants not what the public wants. Its a disgrace that their are no public toilet facilities yet they can afford to pay the chief executive Ada Burns £180k and other executives £120k!!!!![/p][/quote]The dolphin centre has toilets and is run by THE COUNCIL USE THEM ITS 50 YARDS AWAY stop bloody whinging maclaren
  • Score: -45

6:17pm Fri 15 Aug 14

loan_star says...

Goes to show that DBC are talking gonads when they say it would cost £68k to reopen the toilets. I hope people aren't forgetting just how this lot are treating the council tax paying public and give them what they deserve come the next local elections.
Goes to show that DBC are talking gonads when they say it would cost £68k to reopen the toilets. I hope people aren't forgetting just how this lot are treating the council tax paying public and give them what they deserve come the next local elections. loan_star
  • Score: 28

6:40pm Fri 15 Aug 14

caberwocky1 says...

Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st?

Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain.
Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st? Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain. caberwocky1
  • Score: -15

6:45pm Fri 15 Aug 14

loan_star says...

caberwocky1 wrote:
Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st?

Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain.
Nobody is criticising the fact that all these extra people were in town spending money etc. but we have every right to complain when DBC are lying to the public about the costs to reopen the toilets.
[quote][p][bold]caberwocky1[/bold] wrote: Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st? Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain.[/p][/quote]Nobody is criticising the fact that all these extra people were in town spending money etc. but we have every right to complain when DBC are lying to the public about the costs to reopen the toilets. loan_star
  • Score: 34

7:09pm Fri 15 Aug 14

laughingboy51 says...

caberwocky1 wrote:
Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st?

Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain.
Congratulations on your run, I wonder how far you could run with 2 shopping bags full of frozen food, pushing a pram with 2 kids in it from Queen St to The Dolphin Centre.

Jog on!
[quote][p][bold]caberwocky1[/bold] wrote: Shoppers can use the dolphin centre!-i ran on the day.The queue would have been too long to deal with that many people.Do you want people to have run offs in the st? Typical darlo bashers-miserable+ twisting.They bring 1700 runners who all spent on an event,spent money in the shops+cafes +the event got newspaper+tv coverage and you complain.[/p][/quote]Congratulations on your run, I wonder how far you could run with 2 shopping bags full of frozen food, pushing a pram with 2 kids in it from Queen St to The Dolphin Centre. Jog on! laughingboy51
  • Score: 24

7:16pm Fri 15 Aug 14

g10001 says...

The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?
The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ? g10001
  • Score: 31

8:19pm Fri 15 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

g10001 wrote:
The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?
same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.
[quote][p][bold]g10001[/bold] wrote: The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?[/p][/quote]same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious. LUSTARD
  • Score: 21

8:27pm Fri 15 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

LUSTARD wrote:
g10001 wrote:
The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?
same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.
very petty
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]g10001[/bold] wrote: The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?[/p][/quote]same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.[/p][/quote]very petty LUSTARD
  • Score: -12

8:28pm Fri 15 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

LUSTARD wrote:
LUSTARD wrote:
g10001 wrote:
The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?
same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.
very petty
and redicolous
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]g10001[/bold] wrote: The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?[/p][/quote]same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.[/p][/quote]very petty[/p][/quote]and redicolous LUSTARD
  • Score: -11

8:29pm Fri 15 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

LUSTARD wrote:
LUSTARD wrote:
LUSTARD wrote:
g10001 wrote:
The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?
same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.
very petty
and redicolous
well ican spell ridicule, take it at that, unequivocal
[quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]LUSTARD[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]g10001[/bold] wrote: The council have obviously lied to the Darlington ratepayers about the cost of re-opening the toilets - Any decent newspaper would now demand explanations from the council followed by sackings - expect nothing from the Echo I don't think I have read a copy where they criticize or question the council in any way - Are the editor and Bill Dixon drinking buddies ?[/p][/quote]same crew yeah spot on, and i think its an exercise only a school bully could or would want to pull of,theve got the same personalities runnning services for disabled, homeless and elderly in darlington, i would be cautious.[/p][/quote]very petty[/p][/quote]and redicolous[/p][/quote]well ican spell ridicule, take it at that, unequivocal LUSTARD
  • Score: -4

8:30pm Fri 15 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

sorry expected, but farcical
sorry expected, but farcical LUSTARD
  • Score: -6

9:21pm Fri 15 Aug 14

grumpyoldpops says...

I think everyone should start using the town hall toilets
see how soon they open the market ones up again
I think everyone should start using the town hall toilets see how soon they open the market ones up again grumpyoldpops
  • Score: 26

11:32pm Fri 15 Aug 14

g10001 says...

grumpyoldpops wrote:
I think everyone should start using the town hall toilets
see how soon they open the market ones up again
Better still close the town hall toilets and make them use the Dolphin centre - its close enough - oh I forgot that's only for the little people who pay their wages !
[quote][p][bold]grumpyoldpops[/bold] wrote: I think everyone should start using the town hall toilets see how soon they open the market ones up again[/p][/quote]Better still close the town hall toilets and make them use the Dolphin centre - its close enough - oh I forgot that's only for the little people who pay their wages ! g10001
  • Score: 27

11:59am Sat 16 Aug 14

bones26 says...

If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets.
If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets. bones26
  • Score: 9

12:08pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Darlo Mother says...

The Dolphin Centre toilets are inadequate on a normal day - one ladies toilet on the ground floor near the entrance is totally insufficient.
The Dolphin Centre toilets are inadequate on a normal day - one ladies toilet on the ground floor near the entrance is totally insufficient. Darlo Mother
  • Score: 13

12:23pm Sat 16 Aug 14

g10001 says...

bones26 wrote:
If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets.
Its all political - Dixon and his labour cronies closed the market toilets to make the conservatives austerity measures look bad as if they couldn't afford to keep them open but they are spending money in on other projects like water - lets remove them as soon as possible because they are absolutely useless- I think if Darlington people work together we can get rid of them faster by issuing a vote of no confidence.

Another Lie from them was to tell us the new steps on high row are ok - have a look now one is about 2" forward and others are also moving ( but be quick when they read this they will be sneaking out at first light to re-set it again) Darlington ratepayers ripped off again with a shoddy job just like the Dolphin centre and the cobbles in the market place.
As I stated before ' if brains were dynamite this shower wouldn't have enough to part their hair'
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets.[/p][/quote]Its all political - Dixon and his labour cronies closed the market toilets to make the conservatives austerity measures look bad as if they couldn't afford to keep them open but they are spending money in on other projects like water - lets remove them as soon as possible because they are absolutely useless- I think if Darlington people work together we can get rid of them faster by issuing a vote of no confidence. Another Lie from them was to tell us the new steps on high row are ok - have a look now one is about 2" forward and others are also moving ( but be quick when they read this they will be sneaking out at first light to re-set it again) Darlington ratepayers ripped off again with a shoddy job just like the Dolphin centre and the cobbles in the market place. As I stated before ' if brains were dynamite this shower wouldn't have enough to part their hair' g10001
  • Score: 18

5:26pm Sat 16 Aug 14

mikyman says...

There seems to be various 'quotes' re the cost of reopening the toilets.Yet as we saw on Sunday they are all false.
All it took was a few bog rolls and they were ready for use.
When will this council stop treating its rate payers as idiots
I look for ward to change next May.
There seems to be various 'quotes' re the cost of reopening the toilets.Yet as we saw on Sunday they are all false. All it took was a few bog rolls and they were ready for use. When will this council stop treating its rate payers as idiots I look for ward to change next May. mikyman
  • Score: 17

6:39pm Sat 16 Aug 14

caberwocky1 says...

so do i when we get these rancid tories and lib dems out.
so do i when we get these rancid tories and lib dems out. caberwocky1
  • Score: -10

6:57pm Sat 16 Aug 14

katiekitten2 says...

Stockton council have a Lovely public toilet block in the centre of the high street. and its FREE... if their council can afford public Toilets why cant ours. yes we have the cornmill Toilets but they are Difficult to Access for Elderly folk the market Loos were on a Level where everyone could Access them. just thought i would make a point.
Stockton council have a Lovely public toilet block in the centre of the high street. and its FREE... if their council can afford public Toilets why cant ours. yes we have the cornmill Toilets but they are Difficult to Access for Elderly folk the market Loos were on a Level where everyone could Access them. just thought i would make a point. katiekitten2
  • Score: 13

8:46pm Sat 16 Aug 14

MSG says...

SACK HIGHLY PAID DIXON AND BURNS THEY ARE RUNNING OUR TOWN INTO THE GROUND !
SACK HIGHLY PAID DIXON AND BURNS THEY ARE RUNNING OUR TOWN INTO THE GROUND ! MSG
  • Score: 17

8:53pm Sat 16 Aug 14

Jonn says...

I don't think the quoted 68k to 'reopen' the toilets will be the cost just to open the doors again.
Surely there'll be some light recommissioning and redecoration but also the upkeep, maintenance costs and staff.
I don't think the quoted 68k to 'reopen' the toilets will be the cost just to open the doors again. Surely there'll be some light recommissioning and redecoration but also the upkeep, maintenance costs and staff. Jonn
  • Score: -5

10:45pm Sat 16 Aug 14

old gadgee says...

ENOUGH - why don't we all demand to go for a pee or? in the town hall toilets - yeh, the staff ones I mean. What's good for the goose etc.
ENOUGH - why don't we all demand to go for a pee or? in the town hall toilets - yeh, the staff ones I mean. What's good for the goose etc. old gadgee
  • Score: 8

11:42am Sun 17 Aug 14

bones26 says...

bones26 wrote:
If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets.
Should the Indoor Market toilets be re-opened permanently?
Yes:
The Northern Echo: Blue bar used for ballot results 94%
No:
The Northern Echo: Yellow bar used for ballot results 6%.
THERES YOUR ANSWER COUNCIL NOW LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF DARLINGTON FOR ONCE
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: If they hadnt been closed in the first place they wouldnt need to be re-opened at a cost of £68k to the tax payer of darlington .how much of this so called cost will be going into dixon and his no marks pockets.[/p][/quote]Should the Indoor Market toilets be re-opened permanently? Yes: The Northern Echo: Blue bar used for ballot results 94% No: The Northern Echo: Yellow bar used for ballot results 6%. THERES YOUR ANSWER COUNCIL NOW LISTEN TO THE PEOPLE OF DARLINGTON FOR ONCE bones26
  • Score: 14

11:07pm Sun 17 Aug 14

g10001 says...

Jonn wrote:
I don't think the quoted 68k to 'reopen' the toilets will be the cost just to open the doors again.
Surely there'll be some light recommissioning and redecoration but also the upkeep, maintenance costs and staff.
No they made the point that it was 68k to re-open the toilets then the running costs were 30k a year which sounds about right.

I don't know what the health and safety implications are but id assume that they would have to provide toilets for the indoor market workers by law .If they don't then why do we need toilets for the town hall staff when they can use the facilities at the dolphin centre ?

Just a thought but would Bill Dixon like to tell us how many toilets there are in the town hall and also if there are private toilets for the council leader - I bet theres more toilets per head there than for the whole population of Darlington in the rest of the town !

Still he will be round for the vote when the elections come round - as the saying goes " more faces than the town clock"

.If there are enough facilities for thousands of shoppers a few hundred council staff wont make any difference and the savings would be greater than 30k per year.
[quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: I don't think the quoted 68k to 'reopen' the toilets will be the cost just to open the doors again. Surely there'll be some light recommissioning and redecoration but also the upkeep, maintenance costs and staff.[/p][/quote]No they made the point that it was 68k to re-open the toilets then the running costs were 30k a year which sounds about right. I don't know what the health and safety implications are but id assume that they would have to provide toilets for the indoor market workers by law .If they don't then why do we need toilets for the town hall staff when they can use the facilities at the dolphin centre ? Just a thought but would Bill Dixon like to tell us how many toilets there are in the town hall and also if there are private toilets for the council leader - I bet theres more toilets per head there than for the whole population of Darlington in the rest of the town ! Still he will be round for the vote when the elections come round - as the saying goes " more faces than the town clock" .If there are enough facilities for thousands of shoppers a few hundred council staff wont make any difference and the savings would be greater than 30k per year. g10001
  • Score: 5

2:51am Mon 18 Aug 14

SirLance says...

You just cannot make this stuff up! 'Laughingboy51' has it right! However this council are just 'laughing' at the Darlington people who elected them! Unreal!
You just cannot make this stuff up! 'Laughingboy51' has it right! However this council are just 'laughing' at the Darlington people who elected them! Unreal! SirLance
  • Score: 10

2:19pm Mon 18 Aug 14

Lionel1 says...

If you're that bothered about the toilets open them up yourselves you bunch of whinging t**ts! Prove to the Council that reopening and maintaining them could have been done far cheaper and have the satisfaction that you were right all along....
If you're that bothered about the toilets open them up yourselves you bunch of whinging t**ts! Prove to the Council that reopening and maintaining them could have been done far cheaper and have the satisfaction that you were right all along.... Lionel1
  • Score: -12

5:19pm Wed 20 Aug 14

LUSTARD says...

Bill_Teesside wrote:
Pretty typical of Darlington Council, Never mind the 10k of shoppers who would like this toilet reopened + all the indoor market tenants being forced out of business by the small amount of foot fall the indoor market now recieves
The solution is quite easy sack a traffic warden or 2, Give free parking for the first hour and move the market back to where it belongs in the Market Place. Give this town the boost it deserves
northallerton council justlistened to the tradersand now give free parking first hour i think
[quote][p][bold]Bill_Teesside[/bold] wrote: Pretty typical of Darlington Council, Never mind the 10k of shoppers who would like this toilet reopened + all the indoor market tenants being forced out of business by the small amount of foot fall the indoor market now recieves The solution is quite easy sack a traffic warden or 2, Give free parking for the first hour and move the market back to where it belongs in the Market Place. Give this town the boost it deserves[/p][/quote]northallerton council justlistened to the tradersand now give free parking first hour i think LUSTARD
  • Score: 6

6:20pm Wed 20 Aug 14

Aye up says...

DBC very kindly donated £50.000 of our money to the Darlington credit union and yet they continue to cut services and Council jobs,nothing will ever change whilst people keep voting the same Councillors back in.
DBC very kindly donated £50.000 of our money to the Darlington credit union and yet they continue to cut services and Council jobs,nothing will ever change whilst people keep voting the same Councillors back in. Aye up
  • Score: 3

6:09pm Fri 22 Aug 14

truggggg says...

I am sure Bill Stenson would be the first to volunteer to man the toilets. Why don't the electorate ask him what hours he would like to volunteer and on what days. This could be made a condition of him receiving his attendance allowance and expenses.
And please don't give me the rubbish about forcing the unemployed to "volunteer". If they did they would be sanctioned for not looking for work.
I am sure Bill Stenson would be the first to volunteer to man the toilets. Why don't the electorate ask him what hours he would like to volunteer and on what days. This could be made a condition of him receiving his attendance allowance and expenses. And please don't give me the rubbish about forcing the unemployed to "volunteer". If they did they would be sanctioned for not looking for work. truggggg
  • Score: -1

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