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Council on a looser with hi-tech toilet.

Byline: By Andrew jackso

oops Clr Ann Denham

pannedThe Market Street superloo that has cost the council pounds 130,000 so far

KIRKLEES Council has squandered more than pounds 130,000 on a swanky superloo.

The space-age Autoloo on busy Market Street cost council bosses pounds 70,000 when it was installed five years ago.

The computerised convenience also racks up pounds 10,000 a year in maintenance costs.

But now the local authority has decided to stop splashing out on the facility.

It has been earmarked for the axe along with 10 other toilet sites.

But a council source said the hi-tech toilet had been on to a loser from day one.

The source said: "What can you expect if you put a toilet in such a public place?

"I know it's a public convenience but opening the door on to a busy bus queue is a bit too public a convenience for most people.

"It's going be ripped out and the money used for something else - not before time."

The Examiner understands that Kirklees Council receives about pounds 19,000 a year in toilet revenues. But only a small portion of that, possibly as little as pounds 1,000, comes from the Autoloo.

And at 20p a go that could mean that as few as just 14 people a day could be making use of the loo.

Clr Ann Denham, who is in charge of public toilets, admitted the Autoloo had been more than a mistake.

She added: "It has been a disaster.

"What happened was the toilets were taken out of Market Place and there was a real concern that something should be in the centre of town.

"But who's going to stand there and queue?

"Clearly it was an inappropriate place to site it."

Clr Denham said the money which would be saved could be reinvested in other public conveniences.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jun 8, 2005
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