Fears for Armed Forces Day after toilets close for whole weekend

Southend Standard: Fears for Armed Forces Day after toilets close for whole weekend Fears for Armed Forces Day after toilets close for whole weekend

A COUNCILLOR is calling for action after council-run toilets at a busy shopping centre were shut for the entire weekend.

The toilets at the Knightswick Centre, in Furtherwick Road, Canvey, were closed from 2.30pm on Friday and were not reopened until yesterday morning due to staff sickness.

Now Janice Payne, councillor for Canvey Island West, has raised concerns the toilets may be closed this weekend when thousands of people flock to the island for the Armed Forces Day parade.

She said: “It’s the council’s responsibility to keep them open and keep them clean.

“They closed at about 2.30pm on Friday. If the council can open the seafront toilets, why can’t it open these as well?

“With the closure at the weekend, I know people will say Knightswick staff should open them, but they shouldn’t have to.

“The toilets are well used and it is the security at Knightswick who had to deal with it. People were having a go at the security staff. One of them had 72 complaints about it.”

The Armed Forces Day Parade is set to make its way through the streets of Canvey on Saturday and Mrs Payne says she is worried the facilities will not be available.

She added: “We will be expecting a large number of visitors and I really do not want to see this happen again. That is my main concern. If we are going to be having lots of visitors to the island, then that is the only toilet there is. It is just ridiculous.”

A spokesman for Castle Point Council said: “Unfortunately, we had a member off staff sick late on Friday and we were not able to arrange cover. We did ask Knightswick if they would open the toilets, but it would appear they were not able to assist.”

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9:57am Wed 25 Jun 14

Jack222 says...

What a silly complaint - some times staff shortages happen. They didn't do it deliberately.

Armed Forces Day - a pointless modern invention worthy of the excesses of tinpot military governments - we don't need it. Remembrance day and that week is all we need.
What a silly complaint - some times staff shortages happen. They didn't do it deliberately. Armed Forces Day - a pointless modern invention worthy of the excesses of tinpot military governments - we don't need it. Remembrance day and that week is all we need. Jack222
  • Score: -13

1:10pm Wed 25 Jun 14

emcee says...

Quoite spokesman for Castle Point Council: “Unfortunately, we had a member off staff sick late on Friday and we were not able to arrange cover. We did ask Knightswick if they would open the toilets, but it would appear they were not able to assist.”
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So what should the council really really do in a situation like that?
Use the manpower you do have.... MANAGEMENT. After all, managers are paid enough and are ultimately responsible so why can they not cover. Too many managers, in so many positions of responsibility, think that some jobs are far too beneath them, or that have reached the heights of their position so they don't have to do the jobs they once did anymore. The role of a good manager is not to direct with a pointed finger but to muck in when the going gets tough.
Quoite spokesman for Castle Point Council: “Unfortunately, we had a member off staff sick late on Friday and we were not able to arrange cover. We did ask Knightswick if they would open the toilets, but it would appear they were not able to assist.” - So what should the council really really do in a situation like that? Use the manpower you do have.... MANAGEMENT. After all, managers are paid enough and are ultimately responsible so why can they not cover. Too many managers, in so many positions of responsibility, think that some jobs are far too beneath them, or that have reached the heights of their position so they don't have to do the jobs they once did anymore. The role of a good manager is not to direct with a pointed finger but to muck in when the going gets tough. emcee
  • Score: 10

1:48pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Howard Cháse says...

emcee wrote:
Quoite spokesman for Castle Point Council: “Unfortunately, we had a member off staff sick late on Friday and we were not able to arrange cover. We did ask Knightswick if they would open the toilets, but it would appear they were not able to assist.”
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So what should the council really really do in a situation like that?
Use the manpower you do have.... MANAGEMENT. After all, managers are paid enough and are ultimately responsible so why can they not cover. Too many managers, in so many positions of responsibility, think that some jobs are far too beneath them, or that have reached the heights of their position so they don't have to do the jobs they once did anymore. The role of a good manager is not to direct with a pointed finger but to muck in when the going gets tough.
Overpaid desk jockeys probably wouldn't know one end of a bog brush or a mop from the other let alone how to use them.
[quote][p][bold]emcee[/bold] wrote: Quoite spokesman for Castle Point Council: “Unfortunately, we had a member off staff sick late on Friday and we were not able to arrange cover. We did ask Knightswick if they would open the toilets, but it would appear they were not able to assist.” - So what should the council really really do in a situation like that? Use the manpower you do have.... MANAGEMENT. After all, managers are paid enough and are ultimately responsible so why can they not cover. Too many managers, in so many positions of responsibility, think that some jobs are far too beneath them, or that have reached the heights of their position so they don't have to do the jobs they once did anymore. The role of a good manager is not to direct with a pointed finger but to muck in when the going gets tough.[/p][/quote]Overpaid desk jockeys probably wouldn't know one end of a bog brush or a mop from the other let alone how to use them. Howard Cháse
  • Score: 6

5:45pm Wed 25 Jun 14

John Bull 40 says...

Lucky this story leaked out.
Lucky this story leaked out. John Bull 40
  • Score: 0

11:29pm Wed 25 Jun 14

Kim Gandy says...

Jack222 wrote:
What a silly complaint - some times staff shortages happen. They didn't do it deliberately.

Armed Forces Day - a pointless modern invention worthy of the excesses of tinpot military governments - we don't need it. Remembrance day and that week is all we need.
So you are deciding what we "need" now are you?
You are not speaking on my behalf.

Any chance to pay tribute to those whose sacrifice is more than yours or mine will ever be, is worth it, in my book.

We owe much to them, past and present.

Tin pot military governments are the responsibility of politicians like Anthony Blair who sent a lot of young men and women to their deaths for a war no decent person in this country wanted.

That is not the fault of servicemen and women.
[quote][p][bold]Jack222[/bold] wrote: What a silly complaint - some times staff shortages happen. They didn't do it deliberately. Armed Forces Day - a pointless modern invention worthy of the excesses of tinpot military governments - we don't need it. Remembrance day and that week is all we need.[/p][/quote]So you are deciding what we "need" now are you? You are not speaking on my behalf. Any chance to pay tribute to those whose sacrifice is more than yours or mine will ever be, is worth it, in my book. We owe much to them, past and present. Tin pot military governments are the responsibility of politicians like Anthony Blair who sent a lot of young men and women to their deaths for a war no decent person in this country wanted. That is not the fault of servicemen and women. Kim Gandy
  • Score: 9
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