Village ‘eyesore’ toilets undergo £20k cover-up

thisisoxfordshire: David Robey, left, Kidlington parish councillor, and Tim Emptage, Cherwell district councillor, outside the new-look toilets David Robey, left, Kidlington parish councillor, and Tim Emptage, Cherwell district councillor, outside the new-look toilets

“EYESORE” toilets have now been partially covered up after funding from Queen of the High Street Mary Portas.

Screens costing £20,000 have been up around the toilets in the Kidlington Piazza.

Residents had complained that the dated toilets were an eyesore in the village. 

And the wooden screens have now been put up around the toilets.

Vice-chairman of Kidlington Parish Council David Robey said: “I am certainly pleased with what has happened.

“We thought it would make the area more attractive and become a gateway to the High Street.”

The parish council used its share of a £20,000 grant from a Government fund inspired by a report by retail expert Mary Portas.

Mr Robey added: “Cherwell District Council will be putting up hanging baskets to make the whole area look more attractive. This is a great thing for the High Street and will make the Piazza a pleasant place for people to sit.”

The renovations in the centre of Kidlington are part of a Cherwell District Council project to boost town centre trade.

But one Kidlington resident has said that the High Street did not need the changes.

Ray Bannister said: “I think the High Street is good at the moment. My daughter lives there and I think it looks ok.

“Perhaps the screen might help, but I think the flowers we have at the moment are fine. The only thing that might make more people come to Kidlington is if we had more shops with a more distinctive character. We need some specialist shops, but I think Kidlington is ok as it is.”

The council is investing tens of thousands of pounds into Banbury, Bicester and Kidlington, which has been funded by the Government’s £100,000 Town Centre Innovation Fund. Kidlington has used its £20,000 allocation to construct the partial screening for the toilet block. The money will also be used to fund ‘Welcome to Kidlington’ visitor information guides.

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Councillor Tim Emptage said: “The project will certainly enhance the area. The screens will disguise something which was a bit of an eyesore. “ The Kidlington South district councillor said that he had received complaints about the toilets since he has been a councillor.

He added: “Apart from this, there will be hanging baskets and planters on the floor.

“The main reason for the project is to make the area more attractive and to encourage people to shop in Kidlington.”

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10:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

Neonlights says...

Is someone taking the ****?
Is someone taking the ****? Neonlights
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10:48am Tue 1 Apr 14

Neonlights says...

Is someone taking the p1ss?
Is someone taking the p1ss? Neonlights
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1:06pm Tue 1 Apr 14

jonny1976 says...

Money well wasted
Money well wasted jonny1976
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4:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

carli says...

now they can spend a penny in style...not! Kidlington is not an attractive place to shop, so how covering toilets helps I don't know...or is it an Aprils Fools?
now they can spend a penny in style...not! Kidlington is not an attractive place to shop, so how covering toilets helps I don't know...or is it an Aprils Fools? carli
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9:02pm Tue 1 Apr 14

EMBOX2 says...

Twenty thousand pounds? For some wooden screens? Whoever got the contract for that is laughing all the way to the bank - they only cost about £300 each!

Typical council; build a bonfire of our money and put a match to it.
Twenty thousand pounds? For some wooden screens? Whoever got the contract for that is laughing all the way to the bank - they only cost about £300 each! Typical council; build a bonfire of our money and put a match to it. EMBOX2
  • Score: 1

10:24pm Tue 1 Apr 14

lil_miss_ME says...

Absolutely bloody ridiculous! £20k for a bit of wooden fence! What a waste of money! The toilet block looked fairly modern and were reasonably nice as far as public toilets can be. The thing that makes them an eyesore is the way they are plonked right in the middle of the paved area! Money should have been spent moving them! Or spent elsewhere all together! And to be honest, most people who shop in Kidlington are local and can probably wait til they get home to go the the loo! I am there often, and have rarely seen them being used! Especially since Costa opened.......any excuse to buy a drink or cake to takeaway........that makes you a customer and entitled to use the loo before you leave!
Absolutely bloody ridiculous! £20k for a bit of wooden fence! What a waste of money! The toilet block looked fairly modern and were reasonably nice as far as public toilets can be. The thing that makes them an eyesore is the way they are plonked right in the middle of the paved area! Money should have been spent moving them! Or spent elsewhere all together! And to be honest, most people who shop in Kidlington are local and can probably wait til they get home to go the the loo! I am there often, and have rarely seen them being used! Especially since Costa opened.......any excuse to buy a drink or cake to takeaway........that makes you a customer and entitled to use the loo before you leave! lil_miss_ME
  • Score: 1

8:58pm Wed 2 Apr 14

crafty109 says...

I've had a dump in them......could've spent the £$ on some decent seats,,,,theyre a disgrace.......20 grand what a waste...typical of the lib dems tho........out of touch as usual. surprised it wasn't that pillock Billingtons idea ....he's ruined the rest of the village and wasted loads on pathetic bollards etc
I've had a dump in them......could've spent the £$ on some decent seats,,,,theyre a disgrace.......20 grand what a waste...typical of the lib dems tho........out of touch as usual. surprised it wasn't that pillock Billingtons idea ....he's ruined the rest of the village and wasted loads on pathetic bollards etc crafty109
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