Labour MP for Wansbeck Ian Lavery branded the decision by the town council to ignore resident’s petition as ‘wrong’ and said
‘It’s clear that we need a new public convenience in the town but the choice of location has turned a public convenience into a potential public inconvenience. Alan Thompson has led the plans to site this toilet next to a restaurant and someone’s home and he’s got to think again. He may have won the planning inspector over to his plans but he’s not won the most important people over and that’s the people who will be affected by this decision. He has a chance to come up with a new location and I’m urging him to think again and look at a new location. The ball is in his court and he needs to listen to the views of his residents not the planning inspector’.