Faulty door lock traps disabled woman in Ulverston toilet
Last updated at 16:56, Tuesday, 19 February 2013
A DISABLED woman was left trapped in a public toilet when she could not get the lock to work.
Jayne Williamson, of Walney, was using the disabled toilets at the Gill in Ulverston, but when she tried to leave the electric locks would not work.
Her husband Alan had to push from the outside for several minutes while she pressed the button.
Mr Williamson said: “She was pressing the button but just could not unlock the doors.”
Mrs Williamson needs crutches to get around but for those with greater mobility impairment could have found themselves in real difficulty, her husband warned.
He added: “If it was someone in a wheelchair they might have started to panic. She pressed the button but the door would not open.
“The next thing we were going to do was call the fire brigade.”
It was fortunate, he said, that he had been there to help.
Mr Williamson added: “We just had to keep trying and leaning on the door and eventually it gave way but I think it was just pure luck.”
The incident took place on Thursday. Mr Williamson said he then tried to inform the relevant authority but could not get hold of the right people. He added: “There is a number on the side saying South Lakeland District Council are responsible for the toilets. I rang them and they said Ulverston Town Council is responsible for them.”
The toilets have changed hands in recent months, with responsibility for them now passing to the town council.
They were revamped last year at a cost of £84,000.
The council has a handyman whose jobs include maintaining the town’s public conveniences.
A spokeswoman for Ulverston Town Council said they had been informed of the problems and a mechanic was sent to visit the site yesterday.
She added: “We are aware of the problem and it is being dealt with.”
First published at 16:42, Tuesday, 19 February 2013
Published by http://www.nwemail.co.uk
Have your say
Got to agree with the two comments above. This guy always seems to be trying to get his face in the papers for one thing or another, even when the stories are not directly related to him there he is in the background posing on his motorbike. She was stuck in there for ' a few minutes' and was unharmed as the article and comments above stated. Big deal! Please can we have more important issues reported in future, something that people are actually interested in reading about. Thanks.
I have been stood outside those toilets when a gentleman put his money in and the door opened, only to be met by the screams of a banshee and, much to my amusement, a lady sat on the pan! The doors have a lock once inside (once you are used to looking for it), perhaps you also need to unlock the door before leaving.
View all 4 comments on this article