Melton Council launches town centre public toilets consultation

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Have your say

Melton Council is urging people to have their say as it reviews its provision of public toilets.

The authority has launched a consultation asking people what they think about the town centre toilets which it says currently cost the town £88,000 per year to run.

Among the survey questions include whether people think the town centre needs publicly provided toilets in the town centre, in addition to those provided by retail premises, restaurants and pubs?, where should the toilets be situated?, when should they be open? and should any new toilet provision be fully staffed?

The town centre toilets are currently situated in Wilton Road car park (open 9am-5pm on Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and 8am-5pm on Tuesdays and Saturdays) and St Mary’s Way car park (same opening hours plus 10am-4pm on Sundays).

The Park Lane toilets are closed apart from for special events.

A council spokesman said matters it needs to consider regarding its future provision of public toilets are:

l Accessibility to all users

l Charging at point of entry

l Cleanliness,

l Maintenance

l Security for users.

The spokesman added: “The council wants to be sure it is meeting the needs of the people it serves and making the best use of its budgets and staff.

“These are difficult times for everyone and this means it’s even more important that the council delivers the services people need within the budgets that are available.”

Melton Council’s deputy leader Pam Posnett said: “I’d encourage everyone in the borough to get involved and let us know what they think about their toilets.

“These are changing times and the views of our residents and customers are vital to help us make decisions on how to provide services.

“The toilets are a part of our town scape and service and we need residents’ views on what is needed for the future so that we can allocate the council’s budget according to what is most important to local people.”

l You can have your say by filling in the online questionnaire on the council’s website at www.melton.gov.uk/yourtoilets or you can request a hard copy from customer services by ringing (01664) 502502.

The closing date for responses to be received by the council is Friday, April 10.

The results will be made available on the council’s website in due course before it draws up options for further consideration.