Cabinet member full of praise for loo move

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PORTSMOUTH’s new cabinet member for environment and community safety has stressed the importance of reopening public toilets.

Councillor Robert New spoke after three of the toilets axed in the city as part of budget cuts last year reopened yesterday.

He also attacked the 
previous Lib Dem administration for demolishing loo blocks, as the new Tory-led council cannot afford to rebuild them.

Cllr New said: ‘It was really important to us to reopen public toilets.

‘When we were in opposition, it came across (by the Lib Dems) that because the toilets weren’t mandatory for the council to run, it would be an easy way to save £200,000.

The council’s cabinet will hold a public meeting on Thursday at 1pm to finalise its overall plans for the city’s public toilets.