Now here's a controversial subject.
This is a photo of the gentleman's temporary public lavatories just off Risbygate Street, in between School Yard and Nelson Road. They are the best temporary loos I've ever used (far nicer than those at Sainsbury's some years ago, during their expansion) and really no less pleasant than the St Andrew's Street ones they are standing in for. Obviously I can't speak for the ladies' side, but Angela has inspected and sent a good report.
They are right by the disabled car park, near the Cattle Market car park, and nearly on the way into town from Parkway car parks. In fact they are about 250 metres from the old permanent ones, yet they continue to be a source of complaint. The reason for their existence is very well documented in the following council paper:
and the various alternatives that were examined are listed in this one:
I was a member of the Cattle Market Redevelopment Working Party and voted for the recommendation not to convert a town centre shop, as described in the first paper. I did so because I thought that the expense was not justified. I actually preferred the Prospect Row site, as this would be closer to the permanent loos at Debenhams. At the time the Bury Free Press reported the story like this:
I still consider that, since the removal of the permanent loos was necessary to build the new development, the current temporary arrangements are an acceptable solution. If we are to benefit from the new Cattle Market there have to be some inconveniences. And whether a public convenience is convenient for you depends on where you are at the crucial time. Once you know the new layout you organise yourself accordingly. I know I have.
Someone I work with was disagreeing with me the other day, explaining that he was caught short whilst in the Buttermarket and thought it was too far to go to Risbygate Street. When I asked him why he didn't use the excellent Angel Hill WC he said: "Oh, I forgot about them".
Is Bury's overall provision really worse than other comparable towns? Are people too resistant to change or too pampered? Should we have spent a lot more of council tax payers' money on central facilities which are not far from the existing Angel Hill ones?