A local authority in Scotland has revealed plans to applying for cash from the Government in order to keep the local public toilets running, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The Scottish Borders Council is set to apply for money from Holyrood’s rural tourism infrastructure fund to save visitors lacking the right change getting caught short.
Jedburgh councillor Jim Brown, who put forward the motion calling for the authority to apply for money, commented: “We know that the provision of public toilets is not a statutory requirement for this authority and that this makes the service very tempting for cuts and even for the removal of this service, but for areas such as my home town of Jedburgh, and for many other places throughout the Borders, the provision of good, clean loos is vital for drawing tourists. “
In response to a nationwide increase in tourism, the Scottish Government has introduced a £6m rural tourism infrastructure fund administered by VisitScotland. It is now set to reopen for a second round of funding, with assessment being completed in March 2019.
Council officers will now investigate the possibility of submitting an application to the fund with the intention of improving public toilet and other tourism infrastructure facilities. In June, councillors agreed to look into privatising the authority’s public toilet network following a report showing that the region’s public loos are failing to make enough money to cover their operating costs.
Charging a fee for access is quite often the most sensible solution when it comes to public toilets’ funding – and indeed keeping these facilities open for the general public, and this is exactly where Toilet Turnstiles could really put 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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