Public toilets, museum revamp and facelifts for ugly buildings on Gloucester city council's £2m to-do list
PUBLIC toilets, ugly buildings and crumbling car parks are all on Gloucester City Council's 'to do' list after £1.63million of investment was announced.
The authority has unveiled plans to plough the cash into the city centre, revamping areas most in need. The money is from the £2million sale of council-owned land at St Oswald's Park to Tesco.
Out of the £2million pot, £1.63million has been earmarked for projects such as a £500,000 investment in the City Museum and £100,000 for new public toilets.
However the remaining £365,000 is still yet to be allocated.
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Under the plans thrashed out at Cabinet on Wednesday, £130,000 has been set aside for the relocation of the Tourist Information Centre and council leader Paul James believes new public toilets could potentially be part of this.
"We all know the public toilets are a sensitive subject and an area where we have had criticism in recent years. It maybe we can co-locate those with the TIC," he said.
He added: "If we want Gloucester to remain a vibrant and thriving city centre, we need to put support into it and that's what this is all about."
Currently there are only public conveniences at the bus station and the Westgate Street car park.
Disabled pensioner Sandra Pember, from Longlevens, welcomed the news, she said: "Providing public toilets is an obvious addition and one which, I'm sure, would be most welcomed and appreciated by the general public."
A further £200,000 has already been spent on car parks at Longsmith Street and Station Road and the coach parking in Westgate Street.
Meanwhile, £100,000 has been set aside to give ugly buildings in the city a much needed facelift. Hugh Worsnip, of the Gloucester Civic Trust, said: "We must do everything we can to make the city centre look more appealing."
To do list at a glance:
Public toilets – £100,000
Car parks – £200,000
City Museum – £500,000
Tourist Information Centre relocation – £130,000
Christmas Lights – £75,000
Heritage trails – £10,000
Lighting – £70,000
Gates Streets – £100,000
Business Grants – £100,000
WHAT SHALL WE SPEND THE £365K ON
THE city council has allocated £1.63million of its £2million fund to projects and will now seek views on how to spend the rest.
We took to the streets to find out what people think.
Angela Oliver, 47, from the city centre, said: “The money should be spent on hospitals, especially on improving the waiting times and transport for the elderly. At the moment they have to wait a while before they can have hip replacement surgery.”
Dog-groomer Jade Lewis, 25, also from Gloucester, said: “I think it should be spent on services and centres for people with disabilities.”
Retired Shirley Ellis, 73, from Tuffley, said: “This morning I was walking with my friend on Brunswick Road at the church and there was a lot of dog poo. That street really needs cleaning.”
Kim Spencer, 60, from the Forest of Dean, said: “The lump sum of the money should not be spent on one thing but instead separated out and used for different services, for example on health and lifestyle that people throughout Gloucestershire can access rather than one gym.”