Lol­lipop lady in cam­paign to save vil­lage’s pub­lic toi­lets

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A LOL­LIPOP lady has launched a pe­ti­tion to stop the planned clo­sure of Prest­bury’s vil­lage toi­lets.

Heidi Al­toun­yan, who works on New Road, says the clo­sure would leave many peo­ple with­out a very use­ful pub­lic ser­vice.

Res­i­dents, she says, are also con­cerned about what will be built in their place.

Heidi, 50, who also works as a din­ner lady at Prest­bury Pri­mary School, said: “Walk­ers, par­ents, shop­pers, coachloads of tourists, res­i­dents and school chil­dren all use th­ese pub­lic toi­lets.

“I have been the lo­cal lol­lipop lady for around 10 years and I am very well placed to see just how of­ten they are used ev­ery day.

“They are sur­rounded by green trees and bushes fronting onto the River Bollin. I am wor­ried this tran­quil and pic­turesque area in Prest­bury will be de­stroyed and the area con­creted over to make way for a car park or tourist in­for­ma­tion cen­tre.

“Res­i­dents don’t want this as the toi­lets back on to some of their houses and they don’t want the noise.”

Dis­agree­ing with claims fol­low­ing the Plan for Prest­bury sur­vey that us­age of the toi­lets was ‘low’, she added she was un­sure where peo­ple would be able to go in­stead.

She said: “If you use a pub or restau­rant’s toi­lets you have to buy a drink so that’s not a so­lu­tion. I feel pas­sion­ate about sav­ing the toi­lets and so do loads of other res­i­dents.”

A spokesman from Prest­bury Par­ish Coun­cil said the de­ci­sion to close the toi­lets, which cost £15,000 per year to run, was made af­ter ev­i­dence of the high cost and low us­age of them.

The toi­lets are ex­pected to close in Fe­bru­ary.

Ideas for the site’s fu­ture would be dis­cussed, the spokesman said, and of­fers had been made by pubs and res­tau­rants to al­low vis­i­tors to use their toi­lets.

Heidi will be col­lect­ing sig­na­tures dur­ing her shifts as a lol­lipop lady, be­fore and af­ter school dur­ing term time.

●● Heidi Al­toun­yan, who works as a lol­lipop lady in Prest­bury, is cam­paign­ing for the pub­lic toi­lets to be kept open

●● A coun­cil doc­u­ment shows where the link road will join Mac­cles­field

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