The toilet at Abbey Street, Naas
Underused and ultimately unwanted, the public convenience at Abbey Street, Naas, near the Moat Theatre is to be, well, relieved of its duty. Rather extravagantly named ‘the superloo’, it hasn’t exactly been flushed with success.
Three years ago it emerged that the facility just wasn’t doing its business; or hardly any business.
Leased at a cost of €6,000 per annum on an arrangement which ran for many years, Kildare County Council found itself in a slightly constipated position.
The bill for buying its way out of the contract at that time was in the region of €50,000 and removal costs were estimated at between €5,000 and €10,000.
This was the despite that the fact that the level of usage has always been very dribbly, and then KCC official Eamonn O’Sullivan said the income generated there amounted to “nowhere near the operational cost."
The removal cost was enough to give the idea the runs.
Naas’ politicians were initially reluctant to get rid of the superloo, which was welcomed as a replacement for the cheaper but smelly and vandalised permanent building nearby.
Installed in 2013, the cost of running the Naas superloo is about €37,000 a year. The number one and number twos simply didn’t amount to enough to help the nudge it towards a break-even situation.
Then Mayor Seamie Moore was initially reluctant to get rid of the facility, saying that there is a requirement for a town with the population of Naas to have one, even if there are none in Leixlip, Celbridge, Maynooth or Kilcock.
Another councillor Darren Scully was also initially supportive saying that towns across Europe have a public convenience and he claimed that some pubs wouldn’t allow non-customer to use the premises toilet.
At a recent Naas Municipal District meeting none of the councillor opposed the council’s plan to remove it.
Over three years on since the costs were first raised, the loo gets the boot. At least nobody can say they’ve been taken short.