It's been asked before, and the Council hasn't answered, but this is the key question: what is someone meant to do if they need the toilet and don't have any money with them?
People don't pay council tax in exchange for one or two distant "award-winning toilets". People just want reasonable public toilets that they don't have to pay for twice. Public toilets are a core service that councils are meant to provide, not some cash cow to be milked in a pay-to-pee fiasco.
It's worth noting that the toilets on the Aberystwyth train station platform are closed much of the time, directing people to the public ones instead. What a rubbish "transport hub" that turned out to be, after Ceredigion Council wasted money on it.
We really need a law forcing rubbish Councils to provide enough public toilets. Something like this. Unfortunately that public health Wales bill was not passed, it fell at the last reading, though it is expected to be reintroduced as a bill in November - so still could become law. Contact your AM about it if you live in Wales and care about public toilet provision.
Strangely, it is the free public toilets opposite the new Tesco / Marks & Spencer that have suddenly become ones you have to pay for, just as the supermarkets open their doors. People busting for the loo are now more likely to go into the store opposite. Coincidence? These are the same supermarkets that led to houses being demolished, and a woman evicted from the home (she owned!) by Ceredigion County Council so the supermarkets could build here. This is no surprise from a Council that seems hell-bent on filling the town with supermarkets. After all, supermarkets bring so many benefits:
- They distribute unwanted junkmail flyers through the doors in the surrounding area.
- Independent local shops have closed since they came here.
- Their shopping trolleys are dumped in the river, and the supermarkets and County Council did nothing when it was reported to them.
- The supermarkets encourage unnecessary car use.
- Lots of litter on the paths around the supermarket.
- Since the supermarkets forced the last independent greengrocer out of business, the main option for many people is the over-packaged, air-mile-heavy fruit and veg supermarkets sell, transported round the world and often sprayed with shellac (from beetles). The supermarkets refused to comment on the shellac issue when we contacted them.