A necessity, not an extra
GRANVILLE Stone's letter on this page can certainly be seen as a voice of the silent majority.
Public toilets are a basic necessity of life, not an optional extra when councils are flush with cash.
Unless it is a case of desperation, most people would not dream of knocking on the door of a solicitor's office to ask if they can use the loo there.
And despite all the talk of pubs being the centre of communities, lots of us would feel uncomfortable at dashing into one, using the facility and then leaving without offering any custom.
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So those that do go in will probably feel obliged to buy a drink – and aggravate their original problem!
What will happen, of course, is that the not-insignificant percentage of the population who feel they have a weak bladder (and it comes to us all, councillors, fear not) will simply not venture out in the first place.
So the shops they would otherwise have used will suffer from loss of trade; and, even more importantly, people's quality of life will suffer miserably because they will feel confined to the house.
An exaggeration to make a point? Not a bit of it.
For some people it is out of the question to commit themselves to spending a couple of hours anywhere without the comfort of knowing a toilet is near at hand.
The towns and city centres which recognise this should reap a benefit in attracting visitors – and their back alleys and shop doorways will smell a lot fresher in the hours of darkness too.