Call for 20p toilet charge at North Gate bus station to be scrapped

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Calls have been made to scrap the 20p charge at the North Gate bus station by the borough council’s pensioners forum.

Since the new £7million station opened, several bus service users have voiced anger at having to pay to use the toilet facilities.

Now the Northampton Pensioner Forum, which holds bi-monthly meetings at the Guildhall to discuss issues facing the town’s older population, says it wants the borough council to consider removing the pay machine turnstiles.

Former mayor of Northampton, John Rawlings, said: “Bearing in mind a large population of bus users are elderly people who have weaker bladders, they then have to find 20p. I think it would be useful to raise some sort of protest.”

Chairman of the forum, Roger Rumsey, said the forum would look to invite borough council representatives to future meetings to discuss the matter. He suggested nearby businesses could open up facilities to the public in return for a sum of money from the council.

A borough council spokesman said there were no plans to remove the charge: “When planning the new North Gate bus station we took into account feedback from Greyfriars’ users and they told us they wanted clean, modern toilet facilities that were well-maintained and not vandalised.”

He added. “In common with other transport hubs, the only way we can afford to provide that is by charging 20p.”