Flintshire residents are being asked to express their views on the provision of public toilets in their county, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
By law, councils do not have to provide and maintain public toilets directly. They must, however, take a strategic view on how facilities can be provided and accessed, taking account of such things as location, accessibility, facilities, frequency of use and quality of existing sites, as well as determining whether additional or fewer sites are required by their local population.
A draft toilet strategy for 2019 available on Flintshire Council’s website explains: “Toilets for public use matter to everybody who goes ‘away from home’ for some reason and remain a high-profile issue.
“They are, however, even more important to certain groups within society, including older people, people with disabilities, people with particular needs (including certain medical problems), women, children and young people and their families.
“These groups can be disproportionately affected by poor provision; for example, poor provision is understood to have particular negative impacts on older people, as some may be less likely to leave their homes without having confidence that adequate facilities will be available to them.
Funding public toilets is a severe struggle for local councils, and it is often neglected in favour of more immediately important options.
In order to provide public toilets, some sort of funding is necessary! Many train stations and other areas which have fee-paying toilets install machines which can produce change from notes, so that the public don’t need to worry about that element of it.
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, and a useful audit trail.
They need no routine maintenance and come with a 2-year warranty.