South Oxfordshire District Council has earmarked almost £145,000 to renovate the facilities in Greys Road car park, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
The toilets have long been criticised by residents for being smelly and giving a poor impression to tourists.
Mayor Ken Arlett and town and district councillor Stefan Gawrysiak have been calling for action since the summer of 2019. Now Robin Bennett, cabinet member for economic development and regeneration, has finally signed off on the funding, which will come from developer contributions.
The toilets will be redesigned to create two separate unisex lavatories and one for women only, a changing area, a welfare room for car park inspectors and storage space for equipment such as signs and barriers for use in the car park.
Councillor Bennett said: “The proposed redesign will include a space to change which will enable disabled wheelchair users who require assistance to use the facilities. The refurbishment will improve the facilities to allow the whole community to use the facilities safely, matching public expectation.
“The rear of the current toilets will also provide the welfare requirements for car park inspectors, which are currently sited within a storage container in the King’s Road car park.”
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