Government ministers are being urged to consider exempting councils from paying business rates on public toilets in a bid to keep more of them open and available for the general public to use, a recent media news report has been able to reveal.
The British Toilet Association has estimated that 40% of public conveniences have disappeared in the last decade. And this is partly because, although councils are not required by law to provide toilets, they have discretionary powers to do so and to charge for their upkeep.
And public toilets have traditionally been liable for business rates in the same way as non-domestic premises such as shops and offices.
The National Association of Local Councils, which represents 9,000 town and parish local councils in England, said the government had failed to properly explain its position and is urging ministers to reconsider it.
Charging a fee for access is the most sensible solution when it comes to public toilets’ funding, 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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