Three of West Norfolk’s public toilet blocks look set to close for good under plans aimed at cutting costs, a news report in the local media has revealed.
Shutting facilities in Gaywood, Downham and Old Hunstanton would help to save tens of thousands of pounds on the cost of maintaining the existing portfolio, local authorities argue.
The recommendations follow a working party review of the 22 sites currently maintained by the borough council and a programme of trial closures earlier this year.
The authority says it currently costs almost £375,000 a year to maintain them and the new plans would save between £30,000 and £60,000.
It concluded that blocks sited in or close to council car parks, transport hubs or tourist locations should remain open and be maintained under current arrangements.
A report to the council’s environment and community panel said: “It is fair to say that in the main those consulted would prefer for all toilets to be kept open and the cost to be met by the council.
“However, as was previously identified, unless toilets have a strategic requirement, for example, serving a car park or transport hub they should be charged locally.”
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.