A shop doorway is set to be redesigned to stop it being used as a toilet.
The doorway is recessed to the right of the Tony & Guy hair salon on Blake Street. It leads to the floors above including flats above.
New owners of the building Shipton Estates say the doorway ‘reveal’ is a magnet for anti-social behaviour:
Unfortunately the reveal attracts people who use the area as a toilet.
The reveal also has become a popular location for those sleeping rough in the city.
Letter from tenants
In support of their planning application to screen off the doorway and add a new glazed door, the owners submitted a letter from tenants of the flat above the hair salon.
In it the tenants wrote that every day a homeless person was sleeping in the doorway, who they had to wake up and move so they could leave the building and lock the door. They added:
People use the doorway each night.
There is urine, vomit, used needles, rubbish and duvets. Someone has to clean it up and they are usually me and the other tenants.
I am hoping that you can find a solution to this major problem.
The building was designed post-war and is believed to date back to 1950.