Residents were left furious after they noticed a big metal toilet for bus drivers on their street.
Watch the big metal toilet on a residential street
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A big metal toilet appeared suddenly on a grass verge on a junction in a leafy suburb in the Kent town of Biggin Hill so the bus drivers can go to the loo.
However, this didn’t go down well with the residents of the street and they slammed the decision of installing the toilet on their street.
One resident, Stephanie Willis told DailyMail: “I was at work and saw it on Facebook and thought the image was Photoshopped. I laughed at first. Then I read the comments and thought ‘Oh my God, this is real’.”
“I am furious. It has a Pin so it is probably for bus drivers because it isn’t public. In the summer it will be smelly, it will attract rats and criminal activity. The glass window has already been smashed.”
The grey metal toilet, which has a code lock so only bus drivers can use it, has been installed as part of a £6million Transport for London scheme to improve conditions for London’s bus drivers as there are no facilities for its 25,000 bus drivers.
The residents are furious as they claim the toilet has been installed without consulting them.
Later, they were told that TFL has development rights as a bus operator and do not require any permission.
But the angry residents want it to be removed and they are planning to fight to get it removed.
However, TFL’s director of the project and programme delivery said they informed all the residents about the toilet installation in advance but some of them were unaware as their courtesy letters couldn’t reach them.
Nick Fairholme, TfL’s director of the project and programme delivery, said: “We are sorry that not all residents were aware of our plans to install a toilet for bus drivers in Biggin Hill before work began.”
“The toilet is part of our work to improve conditions for London’s bus drivers and was installed in agreement with the London Borough of Bromley, but unfortunately our courtesy letters did not reach all residents.”
“We are investigating how this happened to ensure it does not happen again.”
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