Thanks for listening on closing Markeaton loos
THERE are two points I would like to raise about articles in the Derby Telegraph in recent days.
Firstly, I congratulate Paul Bayliss, leader of the council, for listening to our councillors in Mackworth, who, in turn, have listened to the residents of their ward, regarding the toilets at the entrance to Markeaton Park ("Park toilets and former sex meeting place are set to be shut once again," January 19).
I have not met any residents in the New Zealand area of Derby who thought it was a good idea to open the toilets up in that location. We are all very aware of the problems these toilets have had in the past and do not wish to have them again.
There was no consultation with local people when the decision was made to reopen them and, had there been, Councillor Philip Hickson would have had no doubt that the majority of local people did not want the toilets reopened.
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Secondly, I read with interest the front page article about people on benefits having to pay a percentage of their council tax for the first time, "12,000 more face demand to pay city's tax", (January 23).
We are all aware of the difficult times we are experiencing and we are constantly being told that we must all do our part.
The New Zealand area has a very high percentage of student accommodation.
It has come to the attention of the New Zealand Community Association that this accommodation is not liable to pay council tax.
If we are really all in this together, can any of our elected members explain why, if we are expecting the poorest in society to pay towards their council tax, surely those better off should also be asked to contribute.
Chairman of the New Zealand Community Association