The penny drops

PUBLISHED: 14:13 13 July 2006 | UPDATED: 11:53 04 May 2010

I SEE East Cambs District Council has come up with another brilliant scheme to save money. Of course, it isn t anything to do with efficiency and it doesn t make life easier or better for you and me, it just saves money. This particular brainwave involve

I SEE East Cambs District Council has come up with another brilliant scheme to save money.

Of course, it isn't anything to do with efficiency and it doesn't make life easier or better for you and me, it just saves money. This particular brainwave involves closing a toilet in Ely.

It's hardly used, of course, only 108,000 visits a year, that's about 300 a day. As there are plenty of other facilities, this one, which is opposite the Oxfam shop, can be closed without inconveniencing anyone, apparently.

The closure will, apparently, save £5,000 each year. With the number who are using it is taken into account that works out at about 4.6p per visit.

That's inflation for you, fourpence ha'penny to spend a penny. If you have ever been discomforted in the middle of Ely you will agree that a tiny piece of your Council Tax is well spent on this city centre facility.

But we don't need it, as there are others. Thinking that way they could close them all down, there are toilets in Cambridge and Wisbech after all.

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