Durham County Council have asked leisure centre staff to give access to toilets after Lib Dem intervention.
A 78 year-old local resident with “waterworks” problems needed the toilet whilst out shopping. He popped in to the Labour-run council’s leisure facility and was refused toilet access.
Local councillor Michael Stead says, “When this resident contacted me I was shocked at this loo-dicrous decision. Years ago the Council got rid of our public toilets and pointed people to the leisure centre.
“To refuse someone elderly, with a health condition, permission to use the loo in an emergency was simply unacceptable.“
Michael contacted his Lib Dem county councillor colleagues, and after they intervened the Council’s Covid policy was scrapped.
Lib Dem Michael says, “I don’t think anyone can under-estimate just how uncomfortable it can be for anyone who suddenly gets caught short.
“I’m pleased the council has listened and applied some common sense.”
The elderly resident who was turned away was helped by a local shop manager on the high street who, following Covid rules allowed the resident to use their toilet.
Cllr Stead adds, “Sometimes it does feel a bit like the world has gone mad. All credit to the hero who helped out, using common sense and compassion.”