Anger at needles not cleared from public toilets

Dorset Echo: DANGER: Mick Norrington outside the public toilets where he discovered the needles DANGER: Mick Norrington outside the public toilets where he discovered the needles

A WEYMOUTH man has hit out at the borough council for the amount of time taken to remove needles from a public toilet.

Mick Norrington, 54, discovered three needles on a cubicle wall in the public toilets at Maiden Street in Weymouth.

A week later he informed Weymouth and Portland Borough council after discovering they still hadn’t been removed.

Mick said he was told the matter would be looked at, but was disappointed to find needles in the same spot five days later.

Mick took photos of the needles during this period, revealing needles in the same location for a 12-day period before they were eventually removed. Mick said: “The question is why so long?

“If it was an empty beer can or beer bottle, it’s not as dangerous as such, but with needles the potential danger is much higher.”

He added: “From a cleaner’s point of view, I would have thought part of cleaning the toilets would have been checking the top of the walls.”

The cleaning of the facilities is dealt with by a contracted firm.

Mick said: “They are specialist cleaners and I would have thought they would have the facilities to deal with such items.”

A spokesman for the borough council said a cleaner did visit the toilets once the incident was originally reported to the council.

He said: “The waste was in an obscure location and was removed once found, but it is possible further needles have subsequently been put in the same place.”

Stephen Reeves, head of building and facilities at the council, said: “We take these reports very seriously and unfortunately this kind of waste can be left in public toilets from time to time.

“The borough council employs a contract cleaner who visits all council-run toilets three times a day and endeavours to remove waste such as needles using specialist equipment to dispose of them safely.

“If anyone spots this kind of waste in borough council-run toilets please contact us on 01305 838000.”

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9:40am Wed 14 May 14

fastjet says...

Maybe the cracksheads like to.leave tthem there so that they can reuse them .
The problem will never go away with low life not caring about the consequenceson other people.
Maybe the cracksheads like to.leave tthem there so that they can reuse them . The problem will never go away with low life not caring about the consequenceson other people. fastjet
  • Score: 12

10:22am Wed 14 May 14

MaidofDorset says...

Have the cleaners been asked how often they remove needles from these toilets and where they are normally left? Is someone storing them there or are they dumping them (at least on a high ledge they are out of reach of children)?

Could they be DNA or fingerprint tested by the police so the culprit could be traced?
Have the cleaners been asked how often they remove needles from these toilets and where they are normally left? Is someone storing them there or are they dumping them (at least on a high ledge they are out of reach of children)? Could they be DNA or fingerprint tested by the police so the culprit could be traced? MaidofDorset
  • Score: 3

10:48am Wed 14 May 14

marabout says...

In order to properly dispose of used hypodermic needles or pre-filled medication syringes, it's important to get a sharps container. These are inexpensive red containers with a special plastic top on them that allow needles and other items to be pushed through but won't allow them to come back out of the container.
In order to properly dispose of used hypodermic needles or pre-filled medication syringes, it's important to get a sharps container. These are inexpensive red containers with a special plastic top on them that allow needles and other items to be pushed through but won't allow them to come back out of the container. marabout
  • Score: 4

12:25pm Wed 14 May 14

portlandboy says...

The cleaners are SUPPOSED to visit 3 times a day but do they actually do their job 3 times a day?
If they are collecting at least 3 syringes every day, they would have a collection of 36 in 12 days. Surely such a high number of syringes needs to be logged, reported and acted on by the council and police?
The addicts are clearly not storing or hiding them in the same place every few hours for later use because, if the cleaners do keep removing them, they obviously have a plentiful supply and don't need to save them for next time!
The cleaners are SUPPOSED to visit 3 times a day but do they actually do their job 3 times a day? If they are collecting at least 3 syringes every day, they would have a collection of 36 in 12 days. Surely such a high number of syringes needs to be logged, reported and acted on by the council and police? The addicts are clearly not storing or hiding them in the same place every few hours for later use because, if the cleaners do keep removing them, they obviously have a plentiful supply and don't need to save them for next time! portlandboy
  • Score: 0

7:49pm Wed 14 May 14

JackJohnson says...

If they're supposed to visit the site 3 times a day you can bet that's what they'll be billing the council (i.e. the council taxpaying public) for,

I wonder if they're really earning their money, if the company is scamming the council, or the cleaning operatives are scamming both the company and the council?

I'd like to see the photographs before making up my mind on whether the work is being done or not. It could just be addicts dumping needles in the same place every time they visit (though that seems unlikely). Perhaps Mr Norrington should mark them (with Tippex or nail varnish) to find out?
If they're supposed to visit the site 3 times a day you can bet that's what they'll be billing the council (i.e. the council taxpaying public) for, I wonder if they're really earning their money, if the company is scamming the council, or the cleaning operatives are scamming both the company and the council? I'd like to see the photographs before making up my mind on whether the work is being done or not. It could just be addicts dumping needles in the same place every time they visit (though that seems unlikely). Perhaps Mr Norrington should mark them (with Tippex or nail varnish) to find out? JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

11:59pm Wed 14 May 14

weymos says...

Jack Johnson, I have seen the photos that were submitted to the Echo and dates etc, and believe me they are the same syringes. Not new ones placed every day or any other days. Hopefully it won't happen again but I won't hold my breath :(
Jack Johnson, I have seen the photos that were submitted to the Echo and dates etc, and believe me they are the same syringes. Not new ones placed every day or any other days. Hopefully it won't happen again but I won't hold my breath :( weymos
  • Score: 0

9:08am Thu 15 May 14

JackJohnson says...

weymos wrote:
Jack Johnson, I have seen the photos that were submitted to the Echo and dates etc, and believe me they are the same syringes. Not new ones placed every day or any other days. Hopefully it won't happen again but I won't hold my breath :(
Fair enough. Time for the council (or whoever commissioned the service) to check that they're getting what they're paying for on behalf of the people who pay for it and, if not, take action.

If it was just bins not being emptied often enough I wouldn't be too bothered, but it's needles - so not just an irritation but a very real health and safety issue for innocent users of the facilities. Most adults know not to pick up used needles - children are often not so streetwise.
[quote][p][bold]weymos[/bold] wrote: Jack Johnson, I have seen the photos that were submitted to the Echo and dates etc, and believe me they are the same syringes. Not new ones placed every day or any other days. Hopefully it won't happen again but I won't hold my breath :([/p][/quote]Fair enough. Time for the council (or whoever commissioned the service) to check that they're getting what they're paying for on behalf of the people who pay for it and, if not, take action. If it was just bins not being emptied often enough I wouldn't be too bothered, but it's needles - so not just an irritation but a very real health and safety issue for innocent users of the facilities. Most adults know not to pick up used needles - children are often not so streetwise. JackJohnson
  • Score: 0

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