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Council to consult on refresh for St Budeaux public toilets

St Budeaux residents and businesses are set to be consulted on the future of their public toilets.

A two month public consultation will be launched by the end of the September, allowing the community to give feedback on a number of options.

The existing toilets have been closed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and are in very poor condition, without appropriate or accessible facilities, and there have been significant issues with anti-social behaviour.

The Council have looked at the options for securing better facilities within the St Budeaux community, which included refurbishing the existing toilet block or working with local business owners to put in place a community toilet scheme.

Whilst these are both potential ways forward the option of a new, single modular unit much like those seen in other parts of the city – one which is accessible to all and better situated and therefore less likely to be vandalised – is also being considered.

Councillor Chris Penberthy, Cabinet Member for Housing, Cooperative Development and Communities and Chair of Child Poverty Working Group, said: “It is important to hear the views of the local community and other potential users of these facilities.

“We will be seeking the views of local residents and communities, business owners and other key stakeholders such as taxi and bus drivers who we know rely so much on these facilities when carrying out their work, and I look forward to hearing their views.”