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December 1969

Protest stops building of Loo
   The site seemed ideal, and being on a busy main road, there was bound to be plenty of customers. So Wigan Cleansing Committee gave the go ahead for new public conveniences to be built at the junction, of Warrington Road and Clapgate Lane, Goose Green.
   Plans for the toilets were drawn up and town councillors sat back, reassured they were providing a well-needed amenity.
   But the balloon went up the morning workmen arrived to start work on the conveniences.
   And within hours, a petition signed by people living in the area who were totally opposed to the toilets, arrived at the Town Hall.
   And the outcome... the plans to erect toilets on the site have been scrapped.
   Yesterday, Mr. Geoffrey Bannister, the Deputy Town Clerk, said: "The protests came in while workmen were carrying out excavations on the site."
   "Originally, members thought there was a need for the toilets, but they decided to cancel them because no-one had actually asked us to build them."
   "Workmen were not on the site for very long and very little money has been lost."
   But plans for new public conveniences for the Goose Green area have not been shelved altogether. The Cleansing Committee still intend to find a suitable site but have deferred the matter for the time being.

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