Agreement on town toilets is reached

PUBLISHED: 15:00 02 June 2013


CLEVEDON Town Council has finally reached an agreement to keep two public toilet facilities open in the town.

A partnership deal means the conveniences at Station Road and The Chalet in Elton Road will be operated and maintained by a firm called Healthmatic.

It has vast experience in the industry having been set up to build and run toilets for councils in 1990.

The toilets, which are in need of a major refurbishment, have been leased by Clevedon Town Council to prevent them being closed by North Somerset Council, which cut its public toilet budget in April.

The seven-year contract will mean those using the two facilities will be charged 20p. However, this is better than the 30p cost which was initially proposed.

The revenue raised will be used directly to offset the cost of maintaining the facilities.

Chairman of the town council finance and general policy committee, Cllr Carl Francis-Pester, said: “The need to keep toilets open has never been questioned but cleaning and maintenance costs have.

“Concluding the negotiations, which has involved numerous changes to the arrangements originally presented to us, has taken far longer than it should have done.

“Fortunately we are now engaged with a company whose experience will deliver an even better service and the prospect of an income return to the council if usage level permits.”

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