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Looking at toilets provision


Businesses in Newark town centre could be asked to let the public use their toilets.

The idea of a community toilet scheme follows the closure of facilities in St Mark’s Place and was raised at a Newark Town Partnership meeting on Tuesday.

Newark and Sherwood District Council’s community facilities manager, Mr Jim Besson, said the idea came from a member of the public who discovered a similar scheme in Waltham Forest.

Mr Besson said 28 places joined that scheme, run by the district council.

Most were pubs and cafés, which offered clean, safe and accessible public toilets in return for a payment of £800 to £1,000 a year.

Participants were given a sign to put in their windows. Posters also listed the places involved in the scheme.

Mr Besson said there had been many complaints since the toilets in St Mark’s Place closed.

He thought the community toilet scheme could be a good idea for Newark.

The partnership chairman, Mr Keith Girling, said there could be a problem for some shops in Newark because many occupied small premises with toilets at the back that were not easy to get to.

He asked for the matter to be raised at the next meeting of Newark Business Club.

The vice-chairman of the club, Mr Peter Duncan, thought it was for the district council to raise the matter because he would not be able to answer questions about health and safety.

The council’s strategic director of corporate services, Mrs Kirsty Cole, said that at this stage the council just wanted to know if business club members agreed with the principle or not.

She said that if there was enough interest officers could look at it in more detail.

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