Public toilets located on Jubilee Road in Parkstone, Poole, Dorset, may be closed and replaced by a community scheme, a news report in the local media has suggested.
A recommendation was put before the environment overview and scrutiny committee at Borough of Poole, that, if accepted, will bring a saving of around £12,500 to the council in the first year. The main reason why the toilets in Jubilee Road were earmarked for closure is the fact that they attract the highest number of complaints out of all of the 32 sites that the council maintains.
As part of this proposal, shops in could be offered the chance to take part in the Community Toilet Scheme, which would allow members of the public to use their facilities.
Richard Wilson, chairman of Ashley Road Traders’ Association, said that many traders believed that the scheme could potentially increase their customer base.
He said: “The association’s committee believes that it could be of benefit to those traders who opt into the scheme, because it could attract people into the shop to use the toilets and may then purchase something after.
"I know personally that a while ago when Jubilee Road was shut off and people couldn’t access the toilets, the number of people who came into our shop was a lot more than normal.
Although implementing a community scheme is certainly an interesting and useful initiative, the truth of the matter is that, in some cases, councils can actually manage to gather the funds required to cover the toilets’ maintenance and operation by installing access restriction solutions and charging a small sum for access.
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