The lack of proper public toilets across the Cotswolds could put off tourists from returning to the area, local business owners fear.
Concerns about the lack of facilities were raised by Mr. Steve Farnsworth, who lives in Moreton-in-Marsh where he runs the Grimes House Gallery, after a run in with a woman tourist forced to relieve herself on a public pathway, near the town’s railway station.
Mr Farnsworth said the lack of proper lavatory facilities showed Britain and the Cotswolds in a poor light, especially to foreign visitors, a local news report on the matter revealed.
Councillor Chris Hancock, Cotswold District Council’s cabinet member for enterprise and partnerships, which includes responsibility for public conveniences, said the authority tries to make sure toilets are open as late as possible.
“Working with Healthmatic, we provide public conveniences across the Cotswold district,” he said.
“We ensure that facilities in the most popular locations are open for extended hours during the summer, in view of the numbers of visitors who may need to use them during the evening.”
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