Editor’s comment: Hoping toilet scheme is not a flash in the pan

PUBLISHED: 10:04 10 May 2017 | UPDATED: 10:04 10 May 2017

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Now more than ever councils must think outside the box to save money and juggle dwindling budgets.

Plans to close public toilets in Newham are not a huge surprise - they have been implelented elsewhere - but one that is not without its difficulties.

I completely agree the council cannot continue funding the amount of toilet facilities they currently do and something has to give.

Calling on businesses to open up their toilets to general members of the public - who are just popping in to use the toilet and not necessarily planning on doing any shopping there other than spending a penny - is a fair idea but I wonder how many would actually be willing to sign up.

The vast majority of people who use public toilets treat them with respect and they are a valued service but let’s be honest they do attract other less desirable people.

This system could go one of two ways.

It could clean up the borough with more options, cleaner toilets policed by respected local business leaders and greater attention given to any remaining council run toilets.

Alternatively, it could see little interest from businesses who may be put off by the thought of having anyone walk off the street and use their toilet facilities.

But at a time when councils must make every penny count I hope this idea does work out and the business community gets behind the community toilet scheme because what is clear is that councils cannot continue to provide the services at the levels they have previously.

If you are considering the scheme for your business then get in touch.

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