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Inconvenient two year delay in looking at Blackheath toilet petition
4:44pm Tuesday 24th September 2013 in News
Patient protesters have waited since December 2011 for their plea for the Henderson Way car park conveniences to be upgraded and properly maintained.
The 250-named petition was organised by the Blackheath Business and Community Association and sent in by its secretary Mary Docker, a Sandwell Council Conservative councillor at the time.
“I can’t believe the council is so complacent about these very useful public toilets to disregard the petition for so long,” she said.
Mrs Docker first raised the issue of the toilets in the council chamber in 2008 and accused the council of ignoring the needs of Blackheath people.
She said the toilets remain in an appalling state - dirty with no seats, have no hot water and frequently have no soap or toilet paper.
The petition was finally reported to the cabinet member for highways and environment Councillor Maria Crompton last Friday when she admitted it had taken a “long time” for the petition to be dealt with.
She said: "I am aware that the petition regarding improvements to public toilets has taken a long time and as a result I have asked officers to draw up a report as soon as possible to get this issue resolved."
Mrs Docker added: “Perhaps Cllr Crompton would like to come and see the state of the toilets at her convenience.”
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