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Newham Council to axe five public toilets in £155k saving exercise

PUBLISHED: 16:27 27 February 2017 | UPDATED: 16:34 27 February 2017

Newham Council plan to close five public toilets (Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA)

Newham Council plan to close five public toilets (Picture: Lauren Hurley/PA)

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A consultation on whether or not to allow members of the public to use toilets in shops, cafes and pubs is underway.

Toilets facing closure

At the junction of Romford Road and Woodgrange Road in Forest Gate South, St John’s car park in High Street North, East Ham, Hamara Ghar in Green Street, Boleyn, and at the junction Romford Road and Herbert Road, Manor Park, and at the junction of Clements Road and High Street North, East Ham.

Almost half of the borough’s public toilets could be closed in a bid to save Newham Council £155,000 a year.

Under the plans five out of the 11 council-run toilets will be shut and businesses will be offered money to allow the public to use their lavatories instead.

According to the council the toilets earmarked for closure were a magnet for anti-social behaviour.

Cllr Pat Murphy, mayoral adviser for the environment, said and the new scheme would provide 40 toilets across the borough.

Cllr Pat MurphyCllr Pat Murphy

He said: “Due to the ongoing savage cuts to funding from the government we have to ensure we spend every penny wisely.

“This will provide people with a larger number of cleaner, safer and more accessible toilets in more convenient locations.

“This is a smart solution to a problem we know causes concern.”

Businesses would remain responsible for cleaning and stocking their loos while the council would inspect them, pledging to make sure there are disabled and baby-change facilities.

The council has launched a public consultation into the proposals which ends on March 26.

To take part go to newham.gov.uk/toiletconsultation
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