Ashton Way toilets to reopen in Keynsham

March 03 2022
Ashton Way toilets to reopen in Keynsham

THE public toilet block at Ashton Way car park in Keynsham is to be reopened.

It was closed by Bath and North East Somerset Council seven years ago as part of a money-saving scheme.

Refurbishment work on the toilets is expected to be completed during the spring.

Funding of £12,000 has been agreed to provide a disability-compliant cubicle.

All council-operated public toilets cost 20p to use and are cleaned and maintained by the council’s contractor, Healthmatic.

Councillor Jess David, cabinet assistant for neighbourhood services, said: “The closure of shops, food outlets and other non-essential services during the pandemic saw an increased demand on public toilets in B&NES. In response we’ve carried out a review of our services and listened to feedback from residents telling us a toilet is needed in this busy car park.

“We hope the refurbishment of the former disabled toilet will provide a modern accessible facility that will help make people’s visits to Keynsham more comfortable.”

A petition demanding the reopening of the Ashton Way toilets was started last year by B&NES councillors Andy Wait and Hal MacFie, attracting more than 350 signatures.

The councillors said one of the most common complaints they received was the lack of toilet facilities in the town.

The town’s sport centre and library already have Changing Places toilets. These are different to standard accessible toilets (or ‘disabled toilets’) as they have extra features and more space.

More information on public toilets in B&NES can be found at www.bathnes.gov.uk/publictoilets