Protesters' anger over threat to public loos
Campaigners in Larkhall brought buckets and loo rolls as well as banners when they staged a protest to try to save their public toilets.
The group met in the square to get their message across to Bath and North East Somerset Council that their area needs the facilities to stay open.
The loos are among 13 earmarked for closure by the local authority as it tries to save money in its budget plans for the next year.
People living in Larkhall say they are concerned that if the toilets go then the area's shoppers and visitors could disappear too.
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Campaign organiser Lin Patterson said she had been overwhelmed by the extent to which people had rallied round to try to protect the facilities.
She said: "It is really amazing. These are quite little toilets that don't look like they are being used much but in fact the strength of feeling in the community is profound.
"I have been approached by many people saying how much they need the toilets and how difficult life would be without them and how they would stay away from Larkhall."
One of the people who turned out in Larkhall Square on Saturday morning was Mairead King, who has lived in the area for five years.
She said: "I think public toilets are very important. Without them people will drink less and they are then at risk of bladder and kidney infections. It is part of civilised society to have somewhere people can relieve themselves when necessary."
Campaigner Pamela Galloway added that she was concerned that the local shops would suffer if people were put off visiting Larkhall because of the lack of public toilets.
The campaigners have collected around 500 signatures on a petition against the closures and handed it in to B&NES Council's cabinet at a meeting yesterday.
The local authority has defended the proposed closures, saying in cash-strapped times it needs to focus resources on vital services.
Councillor David Dixon, cabinet member for neighbourhoods, confirmed that as things stand the Larkhall loos were still expected to shut.