Leicester

Protest held over Harborough toilet closures

A protest has been held over a cut in the number of public toilets in a Leicestershire town.

Two sets of toilets near Market Harborough's bus station and Market Hall were closed in July, leaving a single set in the town.

Campaigners said an earlier petition had not worked so a public protest was the next step.

Harborough District Council said closing a number of toilets in the area had saved about £50,000.

Savings package

Protest organiser Barbara Johnson claimed closing the two toilets had only saved £15,000 and that did not justify the disruption.

"These have traditionally been toilets for people using the Market Hall and the bus station.

"You might argue that people could walk to the other toilet but in fact many of the protesters are people with disabilities, young children and medical problems."

Councillor Michael Rook, leader of Harborough District Council, said: "Residents should be aware that there are a set of perfectly good disabled and ordinary toilets within 180m of the ones we have had to shut.

"The saving is not just £15,000, but was made as a packet of measures to close non-statutory toilet services, amounting to around £50,000 throughout the district.

"We are unable therefore to single out one set as more important than others, where such savings just have to be made."

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