A town council is Essex spends £20,000 a year on the contract for one public toilet, a Freedom of Information request has revealed. 

Billericay Essex report:

Billericay Town Council is flushing more than £19,000 of taxpayers’ money down the pan each year by paying for a “Dr Who” public toilet used just nine times a day on average.

That is the view of Billericay resident and former town councillor Terence Gandy, who this week called on the authority to dispense with the revolving door public toilet in the car park behind Iceland off the High Street.

Mr Gandy, of Norsey View Drive, wants the council to terminate its contract with Healthmatic, the firm which provides the futuristic water closet.

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