Toilets are on a roll as £100k revamp begins

The toilets in Gloucester Green, Oxford

The toilets in Gloucester Green, Oxford

First published in News thisisoxfordshire: Photograph of the Author by , Council Reporter, also covering Oxford city centre. Call me on 01865 425429

THE next stage of a masterplan to give Oxford world-class loos is under way as work starts to revamp public toilets in Gloucester Green.

Oxford City Council will spend £100,000 over the coming months to redevelop the toilets, off George Street in the city centre.

It is part of a £450,000 scheme to bring all its 21 public toilets up to scratch over the next few years.

City centre toilets like Gloucester Green will get a new look with fresh flowers, books and Oxford Mail reviews on the walls.

The Market Street toilets were the first to re-open after a four-month £75,000 revamp last month.

Board member for Cleaner, Greener Oxford John Tanner said: “I am thrilled that we are finally getting started on the Gloucester Green loos.

“We are putting in temporary toilets there and I apologise for the inconvenience but the new and improved facilities will be worth waiting for.

“I want these toilets to be the best in Britain so people visit Oxford again and again.

Earlier this month the council completed its renovation of the Market Street toilets, the city’s busiest.

Mr Tanner said: “We have received some very positive comments from members of the public about the Market Street toilets, so it is full steam ahead.”

All toilets will have existing stainless steel fittings replaced with a hygienic composite material.

They will also get vandal-resistant dryers which council bosses promise will deliver better quality soap and lighting.

There will also be hooks for bags and coats and easy-to-use locks.

There had been discussions about charging to use Gloucester Green but Mr Tanner says this has been resolved.

He said: “The plan now is that nearly all the toilets will be free but one overnight toilet will be paid for.

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“We decided it is not worth collecting the money because of the problems that brings.

“But the reason we have decided to have one paid-for toilet is to give people a choice. We do have problems with the overnight toilets in terms of people sleeping in them and things like that.

“If there is one toilet which is likely to be nicer then people might be happy to pay for it.”

Once the Gloucester Green toilets are finished in the summer the council will begin work on the Cutteslowe Park toilets.

No decision has been made about which city centre toilets will be next.

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7:55am Tue 9 Apr 13

Dilligaf2010 says...

"They will also get vandal-resistant dryers which council bosses promise will deliver better quality soap and lighting." ?
"They will also get vandal-resistant dryers which council bosses promise will deliver better quality soap and lighting." ? Dilligaf2010
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8:56am Tue 9 Apr 13

WitneyGreen says...

The ramp on the temporary toilets is so steep that wheelchair users cannot access it without assisstance.
The ramp on the temporary toilets is so steep that wheelchair users cannot access it without assisstance. WitneyGreen
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9:30am Tue 9 Apr 13

medicine man says...

What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there .
What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there . medicine man
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9:49am Tue 9 Apr 13

Headington_angel says...

medicine man wrote:
What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there .
I have worked in retail establishments with customer toilets, and have had to clean the ladies toilets on many an occasion. I found that most were impressed an happy to just use a clean convenience regardless of the sex of the person cleaning them. I would have no problem using a male wash room if there was a female cleaning it!. Or do you have something to be embarrassed about??
[quote][p][bold]medicine man[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there .[/p][/quote]I have worked in retail establishments with customer toilets, and have had to clean the ladies toilets on many an occasion. I found that most were impressed an happy to just use a clean convenience regardless of the sex of the person cleaning them. I would have no problem using a male wash room if there was a female cleaning it!. Or do you have something to be embarrassed about?? Headington_angel
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9:59am Tue 9 Apr 13

Andrew:Oxford says...

medicine man wrote:
What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there .
If I'm desperate enough to use a public facility, I really don't care about the gender of the cleaner.

Our office facilities are shared anyway - they did away with separate "ladies" and "gents", it's just a row of cubicles. It gave more room to manoeuvre for wheelchair users and mitigates issues with transgender colleagues.
[quote][p][bold]medicine man[/bold] wrote: What a waste of money .I can assure Mr.Tanner that nothing is vandal proof .Why is it ,that everytime I go in to Oxford,usually market days,there is always a male cleaning the ladies toilets .I have seen many women turn away .Lets face it , I don't think I would want to go into the gents if there was a lady cleaner in there .[/p][/quote]If I'm desperate enough to use a public facility, I really don't care about the gender of the cleaner. Our office facilities are shared anyway - they did away with separate "ladies" and "gents", it's just a row of cubicles. It gave more room to manoeuvre for wheelchair users and mitigates issues with transgender colleagues. Andrew:Oxford
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10:00am Tue 9 Apr 13

Myron Blatz says...

So, vandal-resistant dryers delivering better-quality soap and lighting - was that really a quote? If so, then sounds like yet more 'eyewash' from Cllr Tanner! People don't want aromatic soap, flowers or nice pictures on the walls, but simply clean and well-maintained public loos, free from unsolicited grafitti, junkie's blood and sharps and not smelling like cess-pits full of drunken sick! Cllr Tanner and Labour-controlled Oxford City Council's 'volte-farce' to make those public toilets still open - especially after his previously much-ridiculed attempts to either close even more than previously achieved, or partially privatise conveniences for financial gain - can only be a 'relief' for Oxford's Council Tax and Income Tax payers. Investment, Cllr Tanner, not to impress tourists on their fleeting visits, but to provide better public toilets for Oxford's young parents with children, the disabled, teenagers, the ever-growing and longer-living elderly, and everyone else who not only helps to fund City Council, but also pays your own allowance and expenses as one of the City's Councillors, supposedly elected to serve the people of Oxford - and regardless of which political Party they vote for, comrade Tanner!
So, vandal-resistant dryers delivering better-quality soap and lighting - was that really a quote? If so, then sounds like yet more 'eyewash' from Cllr Tanner! People don't want aromatic soap, flowers or nice pictures on the walls, but simply clean and well-maintained public loos, free from unsolicited grafitti, junkie's blood and sharps and not smelling like cess-pits full of drunken sick! Cllr Tanner and Labour-controlled Oxford City Council's 'volte-farce' to make those public toilets still open - especially after his previously much-ridiculed attempts to either close even more than previously achieved, or partially privatise conveniences for financial gain - can only be a 'relief' for Oxford's Council Tax and Income Tax payers. Investment, Cllr Tanner, not to impress tourists on their fleeting visits, but to provide better public toilets for Oxford's young parents with children, the disabled, teenagers, the ever-growing and longer-living elderly, and everyone else who not only helps to fund City Council, but also pays your own allowance and expenses as one of the City's Councillors, supposedly elected to serve the people of Oxford - and regardless of which political Party they vote for, comrade Tanner! Myron Blatz
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10:07am Tue 9 Apr 13

Oxonian says...

Councillor John Tanner still seems to be living in a world of his own when he says “I want these toilets to be the best in Britain so people visit Oxford again and again".

Even if the toilets are gold-plated, who will want to visit Oxford just because the toilets are nice? And in any case, the Market Street toilets, which were recently refurbished, have been reported as already being filthy and lacking such things as toilet paper.

Councillor Tanner, get real or get out.
Councillor John Tanner still seems to be living in a world of his own when he says “I want these toilets to be the best in Britain so people visit Oxford again and again". Even if the toilets are gold-plated, who will want to visit Oxford just because the toilets are nice? And in any case, the Market Street toilets, which were recently refurbished, have been reported as already being filthy and lacking such things as toilet paper. Councillor Tanner, get real or get out. Oxonian
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6:24pm Tue 9 Apr 13

Scaramucia says...

Oxonian wrote:
Councillor John Tanner still seems to be living in a world of his own when he says “I want these toilets to be the best in Britain so people visit Oxford again and again".

Even if the toilets are gold-plated, who will want to visit Oxford just because the toilets are nice? And in any case, the Market Street toilets, which were recently refurbished, have been reported as already being filthy and lacking such things as toilet paper.

Councillor Tanner, get real or get out.
I can imagine the conversation now. Husband- "where shall we go on holiday this year love? I quite fancy The Caribbean" Wife- No love let's go to Oxford, they have lovely toilets at the bus station"
[quote][p][bold]Oxonian[/bold] wrote: Councillor John Tanner still seems to be living in a world of his own when he says “I want these toilets to be the best in Britain so people visit Oxford again and again". Even if the toilets are gold-plated, who will want to visit Oxford just because the toilets are nice? And in any case, the Market Street toilets, which were recently refurbished, have been reported as already being filthy and lacking such things as toilet paper. Councillor Tanner, get real or get out.[/p][/quote]I can imagine the conversation now. Husband- "where shall we go on holiday this year love? I quite fancy The Caribbean" Wife- No love let's go to Oxford, they have lovely toilets at the bus station" Scaramucia
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