Councillor Still Fuming Over Temporary Toilets

An Isles of Scilly Councillor has described the temporary toilets at Porthcressa as “an absolute disaster.”

Gordon Bilsborough, who was re-elected to the Council in a by-election earlier this month, says the toilets were locked on Sunday and still closed yesterday when he checked.

He’s been told it’s because the holding tank under the loos is full.

Gordon says contractors, Kier, assured him that the 500 gallon tank would be adequate and only need emptying every 2 or 3 weeks.

He said that was clearly “rubbish.”

He said he saw people trying to use the toilets yesterday, when they were closed, and he said that can be embarrassing, especially for older people.

From Radio Scilly

Gordon gives his view on Radio Scilly

A local businessman has suggested the Council shouldn’t have spent the £6,000 on the temporary loos. He said they should have put up a sign saying people should buy a drink in a local establishment and use their loos.

Gordon says he’s against the principle of charging to go to the loo, describing it as “morally wrong.”

He says it’s obvious now that the tanks will need emptying every two-three days and it’s likely to get worse during the busier summer period.

Diana Mompoloki at the Council’s Economic Development department said the problem was caused by a wrong-sized fitting on the pipe they use to empty the tank.

She said a new fitting has been ordered from the mainland, which should arrive imminently.


3 Responses to Councillor Still Fuming Over Temporary Toilets

  1. Euan May 31, 2012 at 1:57 pm

    Should have spent the £6k on the Town Hall toilets, which are in desperate need of refurbishing!, and would have got double value. But that is far too sensible…..

  2. Steve Att May 29, 2012 at 12:14 pm

    Could they have found an uglier loo? Looks more like a site toilet than a public convienience I want to take my lad into. I think the council are right to offer facilities but this is an ugly monster and not very well sized 500 Gallons is only about 500 flushes – so worth about a day in high season!

  3. sadporth May 29, 2012 at 11:35 am

    If the Council have spent £6000 on renting the portaloos why is there a large Kier sign on it? This only makes the portacabin look more like another on the building site, not a public loo