In a bid to help keep more public toilets open and free to use, Liberal Democrat MP for North Cornwall, Dan Rogerson, called on the UK Government to actually scrap the charging of business rates for public toilets.
According to a recent media report, the North Cornwall MP has recently tabled a motion in the House of Commons, demanding these public conveniences to be exempt from business charges, which would make the system simpler and would cover all town and parish councils.
Right now, only some of the smaller parish councils are actually allowed to claim small business rate relief to get out of paying the charges. All of the large councils are forced to pay full business charges, which represents an extra burden, separate from the actual costs involved in day-to-day operations.
While the North Cornwall MP’s initiative is quite a noteworthy one, the truth of the matter is that getting the government to actually take it into consideration will not be an easy task.
An easy alternative (albeit not a free one) that would lower some of the overall costs associated to the proper daily operation and management of public toilets would be the installation of one of Toilet Turnstiles’ access control systems.
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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