Clo­sure pun­ishes the in­no­cent

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - YOUR VIEWS -

With­out fan­fare or any pre­vi­ous warn­ing, Peter­bor­ough City Coun­cil de­cided to close the Mar­ket Way toi­lets per­ma­nently to the pub­lic as from March 31.

You may think that this is a late April Fool joke but un­for­tu­nately it is not. This now leaves Car Haven as the only pub­lic toi­lets left in the City Cen­tre. The fee­ble rea­sons quoted for the clo­sure are anti-social be­hav­iour caused by drug tak­ing in­volv­ing nee­dles.

This dis­grace­ful clo­sure is typ­i­cal of the way this coun­cil works.

In­stead of tar­get­ing the cul­prits, they tar­get the 99 per cent of the clean nor­mal toi­let users. In ef­fect, they are re­ward­ing the guilty, and pun­ish­ing the in­no­cent. Ut­terly typ­i­cal.

Now this leaves, say for ex­am­ple, all the Pass­port Of­fice and mar­ket cus­tomers, and per­haps Tesco and Wilkin­sons cus­tomers loo­less. What a tremen­dous ad­vert for any tourist that might dare to come. What with sky­high car park­ing charges, lack­lus­tre shops in the cen­tre and now no toi­lets, can there be a valid rea­son why any­body would want to come here? Answers on the pack of a postage stamp please. Yet plan­ners have hap­pily al­lowed Ser­pen­tine Green to de­velop, of­fer­ing free park­ing and all the big name shops, and all this less than five miles from the City Cen­tre.

It is not com­mon knowl­edge that the mar­ket or­gan­ised a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the toi­let clo­sure, with hun­dreds of sig­na­tures. This pe­ti­tion of course was ig­nored. One won­ders where all this might end for that end of the town. In tears I sus­pect. Paul Collins Stocks Green El­ton

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