A local authority has launched a public consultation into charges it will have to set for access to its public toilets as part of a wide review of the services it provides to the public, a news report in the local media has found.
The review conducted by Highland Council will consider how the facilities are funded and also proposes increasing the number of sites across the Highlands where there is a charge for use.
The council is consulting on the amount that will be charged for the use of the public toilets and is seeking views on the level of charges from service users and other stakeholders to assist in the decision making process.
The council say that increasing income from the usage of the toilets could enable the authority to retain greater provision across the Highlands.
The council currently operate 102 public toilets with all but five free of charge at present. The survey suggests a proposed charge of 50p and asks whether that is considered an acceptable fee, too much or too little. Another proposed alternative is introducing an honesty box scheme for donations.
The current review has come out of the decision to save the toilets from closure or privatisation, which would have saved £250,000 from a total expense of £1.2million.
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