Queen’s Park Labour Councillor Nick Childs demanded action from the Green Council, over what he called the ‘disgusting state’ of the Queens Park toilets, at the Environment, Transport & Sustainability (ETS) Committee meeting last night. Cllr Childs also asked why works for a new play area in the Park, (secured under the previous Labour Administration) had not yet commenced.
The questions followed complaints from residents and park users.
Commenting on the situation, Cllr Childs stated:
“Despite the heroic efforts of volunteers of the Friends of Queens Park Group to repaint the toilets a few years ago, no action has been taken to address the situation despite repeated requests by Councillor Evans and I.
“Queens Park is a jewel in the crown of our ward, yet it sometimes feels like our residents are placed at the back of the queue by this administration.
“After a nice cuppa at the great park café, a trip to the loo should not feel like stepping into one the most disturbing scenes of a Hieronymus Bosch painting”
“I am also disappointed that playground work has not yet started after Labour secured the funds – it’s been a really tough year for our children and they should have been provided with the new play area for the summer as originally promised”.
Following the intervention, Cllr Heley (Green) Chair of the ETS Committee, accepted that public toilets in the city were in serious need of renovation and that this was being addressed by officers. Assurances were also provided on the start of works on the hard-won promise, by Councillors Nick Childs and Amanda Evans, for a new playground for the park.
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