Posted: Tue 25th Oct 2016

Fee Introduced At Park Avenue Public Toilets

This article is old - Published: Tuesday, Oct 25th, 2016

A pay-to-use trial lasting 6 to 12 months will commence at the Park Avenue public toilets in Aberystwyth on 10 November 2016. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

People who use these award-winning conveniences will be required to pay 20p on entry via a ‘paddlegate’ system, as Ceredigion County Council seeks to gain additional funds to maintain the high standards of these conveniences. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Disabled toilet users will still be able to access the facilities free of charge by using the Radar key as part of the National Key Scheme (NKS), which offers disabled people independent access to locked toilets across the country. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Raymond Martin, Managing Director of the British Toilet Association, said: “Across and throughout the UK the levels of toilet and facilities provision and more importantly management vary greatly. It is only through the correct supervision and management of goods and services that we see beacon councils like Ceredigion setting the standards of provision that many fail to achieve. Close attention to details and to the user needs and expectations make it a pleasure to visit and enjoy the facilities provided in such locations.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

If this trial proves successful, it could be rolled out in the Council’s other public conveniences in Ceredigion. ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​

Councillor Alun Williams, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “When the Council has asked the public for ideas about how best to manage the severe funding cuts we are subject to, charging for entry to toilets has been a regular suggestion. Many local authorities now charge a small fee for the use of their conveniences. Ceredigion has won numerous awards for the high standard of our toilets and the introduction of a small fee at this location, on a trial basis, is one idea for helping the Council to maintain the current level of service across the county.” ‌​‌​‌​​​‍‌​‌​​‌‌‌‍‌​‌‌​​‌​‍‌​‌‌‌​‌‌‍‌​‌‌‌‌​​



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