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Public to loo-se toilet facilities
THE end is nigh for two sets of public toilets in Basingstoke.
Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council’s Cabinet has agreed to close the Buckingham Parade toilets, in Kempshott, from October 1.
The facilities in Anchor Yard, in New Road, will also close, once the toilets in the nearby Castons Yard car park are refurbished.
The move will save the borough council £32,000 in annual running costs, and an anticipated £117,000 in maintenance over the next 20 years.
The meeting also heard that Cabinet will look at providing new toilet facilities at the Top of The Town, which could see pubs and restaurants open their toilets for use as part of a community toilet scheme.
Parish and town councils outside of Basingstoke, such as Tadley and Whitchurch, will be encouraged to help set up similar community toilet schemes.
Councillor Robert Donnell, Cabinet member for environment and climate change, said: “The scheme would provide facilities for a much longer time period than we currently provide, and provide much better facilities than we currently provide.”
The Cabinet voted for the proposal unanimously.
Cllr Clive Sanders, leader of the council, said he was particularly pleased to see a plan to improve facilities at the Top of The Town.
He said: “Many of us will not be satisfied by what we have at the moment. It’s not adequate. It is not the sort of toilet facility that you would wish to use yourself.”
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