Return of public toilets to Earl Shilton marks ‘revival’ of town centre

Visitors to Earl Shilton town centre will soon have access to public toilets again.

A new facility is to open in the town’s library, on Wood Street, after calls from residents for the service to be reinstated after it was removed in 2007.

The toilets are in the upper floor of the building and will be accessible via a lift.

Janice Richards is a county councillor for Earl Shilton and was part of the team who worked to get the toilets reopened.

She said: “Once this facility had been removed from the town numerous residents contacted me with complaints, some informed me that they would go out of town to shop, others said they had health issues causing them distress when shopping. Health and safety issues are still an issue today.

“It made me realise that a campaign was needed to have a public toilet reinstated once again. It has taken 14 years until we finally have the facility back in town.

“I would like to thank my fellow Earl Shilton borough councillors for their continued support and help.”

Councillors struggled to find a suitable place for the toilet, but the county council-run library was eventually deemed to be appropriate.

Earl Shilton councillors Janice Richards and Chris Ladkin, in the new public toilets in Earl Shilton library

Earl Shilton Town Council has moved into the upper floor and has agreed to take on the cleaning contract and maintenance for the toilets.

Funding for the project was made available several years ago by the previous administration at Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council.

Cllr Richards said the new feature is a symbol of how much the town centre has improved over recent years.

She said: “Earl Shilton has come a long way since the problems in the latter part of the 1990s when shop windows were broken on a regular basis, thefts and anti-social behaviour was happening regularly too.

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“Today it is a thriving town with very few empty shops which is certainly an achievement in this present climate.

“With Earl Shilton councillors, town council, Leicestershire County Council and Hinckley and Bosworth Borough Council officers all working together, it just proves what can be achieved.”

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