Have your say on town loos
THE future of Chipping Sodbury’s public toilets may be in the hands of residents, who are being asked what should happen to them.
The public conveniences have a history of falling victim to vandalism, damage and misuse, even having to be closed on occasions.
They cost over £10,000 to run annually. Maintenance bills are expensive because of the vandalism, totalling over £16,000 since 2015.
Last year the toilets had to be closed due to damage caused by frozen pipes. The decision was made to re-open them, but members of the public had to pay 20p to use them to try and prevent future vandalism.
They are only cleaned once a day because there isn’t enough funding to do this more often.
Sodbury Town Council has highlighted that the money for the toilets comes from the precept residents pay towards town council services via council tax. Any increase in costs associated with the loos will mean an increase for taxpayers.
The council is asking people to take part in the online consultation which is open until the end of May and can be found at bit.ly/2Wew3Ok.
There are paper copies available from the town council offices and from Chipping Sodbury Library.
This issue will next be discussed at the annual parish meeting on April 2 at Chipping Sodbury Town Hall.