More than just toilets . . .

LETTER

Re: No plans to replace Bright St bogs with library loos, February 26 story.

It is heartening to read the councillors and Gisborne District Council are not considering closing the Bright Street facilities.

They are not “bogs” as your headline suggests, which is rather insulting to the attendant who keeps them spotless.

The Bright Street facilities are more than toilets. They have a separate room in which to change babies, with washing facilities. They have level-access showers available for everyone. They are safe to use, because of the attendant, especially for women and youngsters on their own — not like the Peel Street toilets.

Tenders are being called for the Peel Street upgrade, and they will be closed while this work happens.

Historically, the Bright Street facilities were built in response to the closure of the Women’s Rest Rooms in Palmerston Road, which had an attendant, when the childcare centre needed more room. The Bright Street facilities were built with showers and changing room for babies, to cater for women and men. The Peel Street toilets were previously the only option for men.

Barbara Barwick

Re: No plans to replace Bright St bogs with library loos, February 26 story.

It is heartening to read the councillors and Gisborne District Council are not considering closing the Bright Street facilities.

They are not “bogs” as your headline suggests, which is rather insulting to the attendant who keeps them spotless.

The Bright Street facilities are more than toilets. They have a separate room in which to change babies, with washing facilities. They have level-access showers available for everyone. They are safe to use, because of the attendant, especially for women and youngsters on their own — not like the Peel Street toilets.

Tenders are being called for the Peel Street upgrade, and they will be closed while this work happens.

Historically, the Bright Street facilities were built in response to the closure of the Women’s Rest Rooms in Palmerston Road, which had an attendant, when the childcare centre needed more room. The Bright Street facilities were built with showers and changing room for babies, to cater for women and men. The Peel Street toilets were previously the only option for men.

Barbara Barwick

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