Businesses urged to open toilets to the public

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A SCHEME to get local businesses to open their toilets to the public has received a welcome boost after a town centre pub joined the scheme.

The Thorn Tree pub in Market Place, Ripley, will open its customer toilets to the public, becoming the eleventh member of the Council’s Community Toilet scheme in Amber Valley and the third member in Ripley – providing more public toilets in the town than were previously available.

It follows an appeal to businesses to open their toilets to the public without obliging them to purchase goods or services, in return for an annual fee of £600 plus VAT.

This is part of the Council’s proposal to close its town and village based public toilets and aim to replace them with high quality alternative provision which will save £60,000 each year.

The offer remains open to parish and town councils and other organisations that may be interested in taking on some of the toilets, previously provided by the Borough Council. Interested organisations should get in touch using the contact details below.

Temporary signage has been installed to direct people to the toilets in town centres.

Executive Director of Environmental Services Julian Townsend said:

“The innovative Community Toilet Scheme is aimed at providing good quality toilets for the public in a pleasant environment. I’d like to welcome the Thorn Tree to the scheme and appeal for other prospective businesses to also join.”

Companies or organisations who want to join the scheme should contact Sharon Thomas at Amber Valley Borough Council on 01773 841570.