Spending a day by the sea can amongst other things help you to appreciate Bridlington’s public convenience.
On Friday I spent a very enjoyable afternoon enjoying the attractions and shopping experiences of Bridlington town in East Yorkshire. It is a famous fishing town which is well known to tourists.
Sadly the effect of the long running recession has seen property prices fall and many properties vacant or for sale. In spite of many traders finishing their business there is still plenty of quaint shopping opportunities.
I could wax lyrical on the novel shops you can find aside from the big name chains. However, the various delights can be shared another day or you could of course discover them for yourself?
When out shopping for a few hours there is always the inevitable requirement to spend a penny, as well as the pounds in the shops. It is here that Bridlington’s public convenience are assessed.
I must say though, the facilities are varied, clean, well maintained and thankfully free! There was one in the town centre which implies that it will start charging for entry from 1st April. Thankfully it cost me nothing to spend a penny on the day of my visit.
There are towns and cities where accessing a public toilet can be hard to find, thankfully that is not the case here. There was even one sign which showed toilets were 500m to the left or 650m to the right! (For “m” read that as metres, not miles!) For a small town centre and very walk-able promenade this was indeed very agreeable. The total list of Bridlington’s public conveniences can be found here http://www.aboutbridlington.co.uk/toilets.html
The fact all the ones I passed were free was also agreeable. For a tourist town I would expect nothing else.
For those of you living in or visiting the East Riding there is a useful tool to find your nearest public convenience here http://www2.eastriding.gov.uk/council/other-council-services/for-the-public/public-convenience-finder/
We live in a country where (thankfully) it is illegal to use the street as a toilet. In some countries this is not strictly enforced, such as my trips to Shanghai where the streets can reek from the smell of urine! If it is illegal to urinate in our streets then I can only feel the need for public WCs to be free of charge.
Councils charge a fair amount in their council tax and this is also to include public services which include the convenience! In times of recession and strains on budgets there are dangers that the toilet could lose its free at point of access status.
A town like Bridlington brings in many tourist pounds so it only seems fair that they cater for these visitors. Many towns and cities are seriously lacking in the provision of clean, well maintained and free WC’s.
If you’ve found a town or city with a good range of high quality public conveniences then please leave a comment below.
Are there any towns/cities that you’ve come across with exceptionally good or bad public conveniences? Please feel free to leave comments below with your experiences.
I’m pleased to report that my satisfaction score is high for Bridlington’s public convenience!