Clarke welcomes Newcastle public toilet approval

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Thursday, May 31st, 2012
Alliance Newcastle Councillor Patrick Clarke has welcomed the approval by Council to extend the opening hours to 10pm from 1st June to the 31st August. Additional resources have also been allocated to open the public toilets in Newcastle from when the clocks go forward to 31st August 2013 and to employee staff to cleanse the public toilets. Clarke had requested Council to grant an extension to the opening hours of all public toilets in Newcastle after receiving complaints from constituents who were unable to access the public toilets after 6pm, and subsequently requested that the Council allocate additional finances and resources to allow opening times be extended from 6pm to 10pm from when the clocks go forward until the end of August. Speaking after the Council meeting Clarke stated: “I welcome Full Council agreeing to my proposal to allow the opening of public toilets in Newcastle which was ratified in order to be extend opening times from 6pm to 10pm which was formally ratified. Given that Newcastle is a very popular tourist attraction with many tourists and visitors walking the Promenade and Main Street well after 6pm, it was ridiculous that Council was closing public toilets in Newcastle at 6pm.” He continued, “The decision by Council to approve and extend opening times an additional four hours until 10pm and to employ staff to cleanse the public toilets in Newcastle will mean that public toilets are open longer for  tourists and visitors to use. “Quite often some people had to resort to going into public houses with young children due to the public toilets closing at 6pm, which was of major inconvenience to people wishing to use the public toilets.” “I hope the granting of the longer opening hours to 10pm regarding the public toilets in Newcastle will allow  a very important public convenience to be open to the general public,” Clarke added.
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