Local councillors in Lincoln have approved plans to start charging for public access to three public toilets in the town centre, a news report can reveal.
Visitors caught short will have to pay 20p to access the toilets on Castle Square, Tentercroft Street and Lucy Tower Street. The cost of installing barriers at the three sites is estimated to be about £30,000, and the council anticipates that the charge could generate this amount in a single year.
The council has said that the toilets will continue to be attended for the vast majority of the opening times, and will be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.
Steve Bird, Assistant Director for Communities and Street Scene at the council, said: “Evidence suggests that people are prepared to pay a reasonable sum to use toilet facilities, especially in areas known for their tourism, providing that they are clean and of a high standard.
“By charging a nominal amount we will be able to maintain high standards at these three facilities while ensuring that money is saved for vital projects and services in Lincoln.”
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