In light of feedback received on the refurbished Old Cattle Market bus station, a review has been launched into the decision not to include public toilet facilities at the site in Ipswich.
Until 2010, a toilet block had existed at the bus station and was maintained by Ipswich Borough Council. The decision not to rebuild public toilet facilities was taken in light of the previous toilets being burnt down, which in turn followed a sustained period of deterioration as a result of perpetual vandalism, anti-social behaviour and illegal activity.
The review will re-examine the logistics of where to site a facility, the costs of building it and, importantly, who would run and maintain it.
Bearing in mind what happened to the previous block, clearly a different model of cleanliness and security will be required for any potential replacement facility. But provided that we can find a solution that is affordable, guarantees the facilities will be maintained to a high standard and are supervised. This is something we’re seriously looking at.
At this stage there is no timescale for this review, but a decision is expected in the new year.