A closed public toilet block at Skipton Bus Station could be turned into a kiosk, provided one of the toilets is converted for disabled use, a news report from the local media has revealed.
The public conveniences were closed earlier this month, when the council said it could no longer justify the annual £20,000 maintenance costs.
The decision to close the toilets, which were fully mechanised and included a 20p charge, was made at the end of the original five year maintenance contract.
Skipton’s Mayor, Coun John Kerwin-Davey, has already condemned the closure and criticised the council of failing the community. A decision is yet to be made on the future of the toilets, which formed part of the £1.2 million refurbishment of the bus station in 2009.
Although cash strapped council do have to do their best in order to maintain vital services and cut back wherever they can, implementing an access restriction system and charging for access within these public conveniences might be something they should take into account, on the long-term, and this is exactly where Toilet Turnstiles could really puts its experience to good work.
Our toilet turnstiles are built from graded stainless steel, for easier cleaning and maintenance, and also come equipped with lockable lids to prevent unwanted access. Furthermore, the separate coin box offers very versatile mounting options, as it can be installed either in front of the turnstile, at the side or alternatively, on the wall, with the cash box at the rear.
The turnstile’s coin mechanism can be programmed for virtually any combination of coins with a secure cash box to hold them, while the additional counters for the number of entries made will enable a thorough level of control over the system’s operation.
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