United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Inconvenience at wind powered loo

Britain's first wind powered public toilet has been left without its source of energy after thieves took the wind turbine that provided the toilet building with its heat, light and hot water. Ryedale district council came up with the idea of installing the wind charger because the toilet building-on a bleak, exposed hilltop in the Yorkshire Wolds in the north of England-was too remote from a conventional electricity supply to economically connect it to the mains. But just one week after the refurbished toilet at Staxton Brow near Scarborough was given a civic opening, its newly installed comforts were gone with the wind. The thieves sawed off the turbine at the base of its 21 foot pole.

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