By Scott Mills
With the weather continuing to get warmer, there is often nothing like those fresh, crisp Spring mornings, when you are either on your way to work or are two hours into your shift already clock watching, thinking of how much you hate your boss and are deciding what to buy for lunch.
As you begin that journey around to your local shops, indecisive thoughts begin to fill your head as you debate whether to settle for that Tesco’s meal deal or go for the refreshing taste of a freshly baked pastry from Greggs’ finest oven-cooked produce.
You choose the latter and the smell of that so sought-after steak bake almost becomes too much to handle.
But as you finally take the first bite, horror strikes and you have never needed the toilet this much since you broke the seal mid-way through a heavy session in the pub the night before.
With no toilet to be seen, this experience soon becomes an un-pleasurable one and you start to wish you opted to eat that salad from the staff cafeteria, surrounded by people you often cannot stand to be around.
However, after the Hull City Council took the high-street bakery chain to a High Court hearing, the experience of enjoying a cherry Bakewell could be about to change forever.
The action came after the council believed that with food and drink being consumed on the premises in some branches throughout the UK, many sanitary facilities should be provided.
But with Greggs’ home town authority, Newcastle City Council, opposing the move shortly after issuing guidance relating to toilet provision in its bakeries, the Hull City Council took legal action.
Having never had the pleasure of being able to enjoy a succulent sausage roll in the comfort of a toilet cubicle, most of us would feel that with the organisation providing a takeaway service, the need for these facilities would not be needed.
Unlike Ricky Hatton in his defeat to Floyd Mayweather Junior, the North-Eastern based company are refusing to go down without a fight.
The guidance, that was approved by the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills’ Better Regulation Delivery Office, argued that bathroom provision at food outlets should be based on a predominant trade test.
The officials then went on to state that if “takeaway trade was predominant”, food and drink would not “normally” be sold for consumption on the premise and would therefore not be required to have toilet facilities.
But with customers preferring to sit and enjoy their savoury snacks over a nice chat about how Ross Kemp survived five episodes of hanging around with some of the world’s most deadly gangs to make an outstanding comeback in EastEnders, the pressure to approve sanitary facilities continues to grow.
With the firm expected to make a final decision within the next nine months, the possibility of eating an early morning bacon sarnie in the comfort of a toilet cubicle whilst replying to at least nine ‘Whats App’ group messages, could soon change the game in terms of a fine dining experience.