THE reopening of the Globe Place toilets in West Street, St Ives, has been delayed until after the Olympic torch relay.

St Ives Town Council agreed in March to pay £8,000 to reopen the toilets to cater for the thousands of people expected to visit the town for the Queen’s Jubilee and the Olympic torch relay, which passes through the town on July 8, but three months later the doors remain closed.

St Ives Mayor Councillor Debbie Townsend said the council was disappointed it had taken Huntingdonshire District Council so long to get a contractor.

“The reason why we agreed to open the toilets was to have them open for the people coming to our town for the Olympic torch and the Jubilee,” she said. “But they’re also for the long term. It would be good to see them open again as, ever since the busway opened, we have seen more people come to our town.”

Ten portable toilets are being placed in Globe Place car park and Slepe Hall park, at a cost of £600, for the torch visit.

An HDC spokesman said it had now agreed a contract with G Ferrara Ltd.