Tuesday, November 05, 2013

A New Eco-Loo for Fullwell Cross?

Last week there were two meetings in the Aldborough room at Fullwell Cross library on consecutive evenings. The first on Wednesday was the Area 3 Committee meeting and the second on Thursday the Better Barkingside update meeting hosted by ourselves, Barkingside 21.

The A3C meeting was a speedy afair, with the council funded speed gun being returned to the local plod after being used to clock the meeting proceding at warp speed to a 9:08pm conclusion. On Thursday we had a good report from the project team on some of the more detailed elements of the plan, which as you can see from the two huge piles of mud is well underway.

The upshot of this is that the usual Christmas Lights switch on event will have to be a low key, dispersed activity this year as both the square and the pocket park are out of bounds. We understand there will be something organised but we don’t know what as yet, but it will be on the afternoon of Thursday 28th November 2013.

There were the usual gripes about youths hanging around and the potential for anti-social behaviour but this was quickly countered by pointing out that they have nowhere else to go, that there is nothing intrinsically wrong with young people socialising with their peers and that older people also hang around in groups (usually outside the Post Office). One interesting question from Ayub Khan revealed that Redbridge council has a very good record on youth apprenticeships and that the contractor, Kenson, operate a similar scheme which recruits apprentices from the local areas where their projects are located.

So, you are probably wondering what all this has to do with toilets. Well, the subject was raised, yet again, on both evenings by none other than Independent Cllr Harold Moth who narrowly missed being “neutralised” by Cllr (Dalek) Lambert. At the time of the meeting the Ladies toilets in the Library were out of order, and the Gents was being used as a unisex convenience. (There are no urinals in there, only closets.)

The replacement public toilets at Fullwell Cross question is another of those long standing issues, along with a replacement swimming pool and a bus route along Forest Road, that never seem to get resolved. In the case of toilets one of the problems is the location of the utility services of sewerage and water.

But there is another option and University College London (UCL) may have come to our rescue with a competition to design a safe toilet for undeveloped and deprived areas like Fullwell Cross where there is currently no sanitation or water supply. Apparently, the rest of London flush over 400 million litres of drinking water down the toilet every day, that’s every day.

My mate, Doc Richard, has already built one - 3 years ago. This is what it looks like and here is the description of how it works and how to use it.

Interestingly there is a fledgling Social Enterprise starting up in Ilford called Natural Transformations (or Palletable) who are looking to upcycle wooden pallets and car tyres into useful items. Maybe we could get them to build one for us?

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  1. I am sure David McCann of Natural Tranformations would be delighted to hear from you. I have been trying to assist David getting this project/scheme up and running together as it certainly goes a long way in addressing a) if not landfill, where do we dispose of pallets and tyres and b) gives people the chance to get into a work place and really contribute - plus know that their work can and will be sold and their talents are valued.

    Regards

    Vanessa

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    1. We are in contact. But somebody got his post on the Redbridge-i forum deleted ...

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  2. http://images.metrophotochallenge.com.mpc.competizer.com/photos/big/60720.jpg

    These are popular in Paris and Amsterdam

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    1. Is that 2 reasons to avoid them? Are they a good quality product, or simply bog standard?

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    2. I seem to recall these things being used in Soho London some time back but I can't find an internet reference. There is also, so I'm told, a female equivalent ...

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  3. Surely B21 not long-standing - more like short-standing, long sitting?

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  4. There is an excellent example of a composting toilet at the Centre for Alternative Energy in Wales. Perhaps I should point out that is a public toilet? (Hint!)

    Essentially it consists of two separate chambers. The toilet is mounted on top of one of them and the other is blanked off.

    After 12 months, the loo and the blanking plate are transposed. Composting in the first chamber continues for another year after which is removed for use in the fields and the loo and the blanking plate revert to their original positions. The process is then repeated ...

    More information here ...

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    1. I am quite interested in the "alcohol gel dispenser" in the diagram ...

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    2. Sounds like an updated version of the old outdoor loo at the end of the garden in remote country areas.

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    3. Fullwell Cross is a remote country area. There is no bus route down Forest Road.

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  5. The alcohol gel dispenser is just an excuse not to buy a pint

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  6. The interest in the alcohol; gel dispenser is just an excuse not to buy a pint

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  7. note on the Front Room wall which the Council put up there is that Fulwell Cross is the end of suburbia and the beginning of the Green Belt, but of course if the Council have their way they will move the beginning of the Green Belt to Hainault Forest Country Park or beyond.

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