Do the footprint without adequate toilets on council property !

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The employer claimed staff had been using head torches to use the toilet of a council property for over a year.

Alan Duffy, owner of the design and print company, Masterprint, has been a tenant of the St Helens Council-owned Catapult Centre, on the corner of Haydock Street and Bickerstaffe Street, since 1993.

While downtown buildings have seen general building problems for decades, Alan said these were “always resolved within a week or two.”

The business owner said that over the past two years the building had faced a “list of problems” exacerbated by slow response from the council.

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St Helens Star: Masterprint has been chartered by St Helens Council since 1993Masterprint has been chartered by St Helens Council since 1993 (Photo: Alan Duffy)

Insufficient toilets for 18 months

Although this issue has been raised since July 2021, Masterprint employees have been left without electricity and therefore no lights, hot water or hand dryers in their shared toilet facilities for over 18 months.

“You can’t make it up,” said Alan, whose business employs four people.

“We have staff and cleaners who use head torches to use the toilet, while others prefer to find other bathrooms elsewhere, such as the Hardshaw Centre.

“It’s been hard and I’m losing credibility with the staff because nothing gets done.”

St Helens Star: Staff and cleaners had to use head torches to use the Masterprint's toilet facilitiesStaff and cleaners had to use head torches to use the Masterprint’s restroom facilities (Photo: Alan Duffy)

St Helens Council aware of ‘protracted case’

A St Helens Borough Council spokesperson said: “The council is aware of an ongoing problem with the supply of electricity to the toilet facilities serving Mr Duffy’s premises, and every effort is being made to resolve this long-running problem with the power supplier.

“While the Council has made alternative facilities available within the Catapult Center and the matter is now close to being resolved, we as the property owner apologize unreservedly for the matter and will continue to engage Mr. Duffy regarding the remedy of the service he has experienced.”

St Helens Star: Alan said Masterprint has been without power in its toilet for more than 18 monthsAllan said Masterprint has been without power in its toilet for more than 18 months (Photo: Alan Duffy)

More construction problems

While the council promises that it is getting closer to a decision on the toilet facilities, Alan expresses frustration with the significant delays in the repair work.

The 58-year-old also said it took months for the council to arrange a regular cleaner to take care of the property, while a recent water leak led to a partial collapse of the roof of the unit above the Masterpent.

The employer said that illegal parking outside the building premises was also a problem, as employees were often left without parking spaces.

St Helens Star: Ceiling collapse in the unit above the Masterprint due to a water leakThe collapse of the roof of the unit above the master print due to water leakage (Photo: Alan Duffy)

Alan added: “I set up this business in 1993 so I’ve been here for a long time, but it’s almost as if we’ve become careless.

“Things have been difficult over the past few years, but nothing seems to be done to help us and the building is left in ruins and ruins.

“I don’t feel like it takes a lot to solve the problems […] But I’m not sure if I have more in me to keep fighting it.”

St Helens Star: Alan said the car park at the catapult center is constantly used by non-residentsAlan said the car park at the catapult center is constantly used by non-residents (Photo: Alan Duffy)

The council said the leak, which occurred during a “cold shift” in December 2022, was “immediately dealt with by the council’s property services”.

A spokesperson for Alan and Master Print said other concerns raised by Alan and Master Print had been “resolved positively” through the council’s complaints procedure for tenants.




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