Melton people show support for council’s semi-automatic public loos proposals

The public toilets in St Mary's Way, Melton EMN-160322-151708001
The public toilets in St Mary's Way, Melton EMN-160322-151708001
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The results of a public consultation on Melton Council’s provision of public toilets in the town show general support for its proposals to replace loos at two town centre sites with cheaper to run semi-automatic ones.

Earlier this year the council invited people to have their say on a range of options including whether St Mary’s Way or Windsor Street should be where some of the semi-automatic toilets would go, as well as Wilton Road, opening times and whether they agreed with the idea of people being asked to make voluntary contributions to use them.

More than half of the 123 people who answered one of the questions agreed with the council’s proposed approach to replace the existing toilets at St Mary’s Way and Wilton Road with the new loos, at a cost of £130,000, but making the council an annual saving of £50,000 on running costs.

More than half of respondents felt the semi-automatic toilets would meet their needs and more than two thirds of people said they’d prefer some of the new loos to be available in the St Mary’s Way car park rather than Windsor Street.

The idea of having ‘themed toilets’ got a big thumbs down (more than three quarters of people thought it was a bad idea) and more than half of people didn’t agree with the idea of people being asked to make voluntary contributions to use the town centre loos, following improvements.

The public’s feedback will be considered before councillors make any final decisions.