Public toilets are a continuous issue for all local authorities, not just in the UK, but across the world. A quick glance at any local press in any country will feature a disagreement over the state or even closure of the local public facility, with the cash-strapped Council on one hand and the ‘we pay our taxes’ public on the other. Harmony is a rare commodity and is only achieved when proper consideration is given to the provision.
Public conveniences are not a statutory service. However, most Councillors will be aware of the pressure from both locals and visitors to provide decent, clean and safe toilets. We all know the agony of not being able to find a public toilet, as well as the relief when we do find one.
The aim of this brochure is to throw some light on the alternative options for Councils, both large and small, in providing their public toilet services. It covers different types of toilet and the options for purchasing, as well as alternative strategies for cleaning and maintenance.
“Our toilets were not a disaster, but needed renovation and bringing up to a modern standard. We also needed to significantly reduce the costs of operation. Followin a tender, Healthmatic have helped transform our toilets, introducing modern designs and charging systems which have reduced our running costs by 70%.”Russell StoneHead of OperationsYork City Council