Memorial Park toilets revamp gets go-ahead

Published on: 07 Jul 2014

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A scheme that will see the number of toilet cubicles in Keynsham Memorial Park reduced has been given the go-ahead despite strong opposition to the plan.

A petition signed by 675 people was last month handed to Bath and North East Somerset Council’s Cabinet member for neighbourhoods David Dixon. The authority has also received 58 letters of objection to the changes.

The plans have been granted permission but contractor Healthmatic says work is not expected to begin until September because the park will be busy over the summer.

The toilets, next to the park cafe, currently have ladies’ and men’s toilets, with two cubicles for women and one cubicle and a urinal in the gents’.

Work will see this changed to one unisex loo and one disabled access loo, with a 20p admission fee.

The council says toilets across the district will be improved under the £3.3million contract with Healthmatic, ensuring a high standard of cleanliness and hygiene with cubicles able to handle large numbers of users, better resistance to vandalism and 24/7 access with high-tech controls allowing timers to be adjusted remotely to suit local needs.

In an update on its improvement programme this year, the council said: “The council’s lease to Healthmatic Ltd will also provide comprehensive cleaning and management services for 15 years. It means that 15 public toilets in parks, play areas, green spaces and key transport hubs will remain open.”

Keynsham councillor Brian Simmons said, however: “People are frustrated by the fact that B&NES has refused to listen to our genuine concerns about these changes.  Of course modernising the toilets is widely welcomed, but there has to be adequate provision.

“There can already be queues at the toilets at busy times, so reducing capacity further to just one unisex cubicle and one disabled toilet simply makes no sense.”

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