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Public Toilets (Thundersley)

Volume 453: debated on Tuesday 28 November 2006

I rise to present a petition on public toilets, which are most important, particularly to people with medical issues, those with young families and the elderly. I have campaigned long and hard for decent provision of public toilets from the local council across all of Castle Point. That provision is a mark of the level of public service provided by the council for the people, and the people deserve a decent public service.

The petition states:

People living around Thundersley declare that we the residents of South Essex and surrounding areas call for the reopening of the Thundersley public toilets, which remain closed, locked and padlocked, whilst other areas within Castle Point such as Hadleigh, retain the use of their public facilities, and notes that a new Neighbourhood Watch initiative aims to solve the problem of vandalism to public property through more visible police presence, and should protect our children and the public from inappropriate use of public toilets.

The petitioners therefore call on the House of Commons to request that the Government impress upon Castle Point Borough Council the need to reopen the Thundersley public toilets and to ensure public safety, as well as bringing to justice those who use inappropriately or would seek to deface public property with the full force of the law.

To lie upon the Table.