Work Starts For Men and Women to Share Public Toilets in York At 40p Charge
6:01am 24th March 2014
Work begins today on a £663,000 project to refurbish public toilets in York, which means all cubicles will be made available to men and women and a 40p charge to spend a penny will be applied across the city.
Work at the Union Terrace car and coach park will start today, and temporary facilities will be installed next door, with no charge for entry during refurbishment.
At Nunnery Lane car park, work will start on Monday 31 March. The men’s facilities will remain open and the night-time toilet and accessible toilet will be temporarily available for women, again with no charge for entry during refurbishment. Both projects will complete in early May.
Refurbishment will take place at the public toilets on Acomb’s Front Street, Coppergate, Exhibition Square, Tanner Row and those at the car parks on Nunnery Lane and St George’s Field. Besides improvements to the Silver Street toilets which already includes a Changing Place disabled facility, an additional Changing Place will be built as part of the refurbishment at Union Terrace car park’s toilets.
All toilets will have unisex cubicles and have baby change facilities. Accessibility will be greatly improved with all facilities having alarm cords for disabled users connected to a 24-hour helpline and there will be 24-hour access to all toilets. This will be controlled by gates operated by payment of a 40p fee – what is already being charged at Silver Street – while disabled users are can continue to use RADAR keys for no charge. Besides helping offset the cost of the refurbishment, the charge will cover the cost of automatic cleaning after each use, as well as regular visits every day by a team of cleaners, and will reflect levels of use.
Cllr David Levene, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, said: “I’m delighted work has begun with this very welcome and substantial upgrade. It’s an important investment in the city’s facilities for all residents and visitors. We’re delighted that the contract has been taken on for 15 years which will allow the council to realise significant savings.”
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