Members of North Warwickshire Labour launched a questionnaire last week to gain feedback from Atherstone residents and visitors on the proposed Station Street public toilet closures.
A report submitted was published in the Resources Board’s 24th January Agenda – Item 14, argues for the facilities closures. However, once made public several residents sought out Bedworth & North Warwickshire Labour’s Disability Officer Mike Jewkes to express their disagreement with the proposals.
“Whilst the report is convincing to some, there are questions raised about some of the data. The wider party membership assumes a properly advertised consultation process would have lead to a different plan of action being taken. Many of the messages I’ve received from the public about this have expressed valid and personal concerns.” – Mike Jewkes
Atherstone Town Councillor Sara Bishop and local resident Martin Short (Education Officer, Bedworth & North Warwickshire Labour) have lead with the initial online survey by speaking to attendees of the adjacent bus station. With support from other local members over 50 responses .
Within 24 hours of posting a form with the same set of questions online, the survey has seen over 300 responses and continues to receive more. At present the vast majority of feedback is in favour of having toilet facilities at the bus station.
Included in the replies are many mentions of groups of people and category of workers needing quick access to the facilities.
Once the online survey has reached 500 responses, the answers will be collated and posted to show the representation of views.