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Public Toilets In York Are Being Upgraded

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8:12am 26th June 2014

The provision at Union Terrace car park now includes a Changing Place facility for disabled people, two unisex cubicles – one of which is accessible and which has a baby change facility – plus a night toilet facility, which will be available during the day at busy times. Entry will be free to the Changing Place via a key pad and with a Radar Key in the accessible toilet.

At the Nunnery Lane car park, there are now two unisex cubicles – one of which is accessible and which has a baby change facility – and a night time toilet facility which will also be available during the day at busy times. Entry into the accessible toilet will be free via a Radar Key.

Meanwhile, work is underway at Exhibition Square public toilets where demolition of the old facilities has completed today, ready for the pre-works. While they’re closed, six unisex and two accessible temporary toilets with baby change will be in place by 3 July with other public facilities available at nearby Union Terrace or Silver Street. Full planning permission for the new and improved toilets is expected on 13 August. Meanwhile, refurbishment contractor Healthmatic will put out a tender on 1 August for local contractors to carry out the works to build the new toilets and a proposed retail unit.

Refurbishment of all facilities will be complete by January 2015 followed by a 15-year operating contract. Upgrading will take place at the public toilets owned by the council which include Acomb’s Front Street, Coppergate, Exhibition Square and Tanner Row.

Use of all the new, regular cubicles will be via a 40p coin entry which is the charge already made at Silver Street’s facilities. Besides helping offset the cost of the refurbishment, the charge will cover the cost of regular visits every day by a team of cleaners, and will reflect levels of use.

The Changing Place and accessible toilets are all fitted with emergency pull cords which when pulled will set off an audible alarm, will automatically unlock the doors and will alert a 24 hour emergency call-out service.

Councillor Dave Merrett, Cabinet Member for Environmental Services, Planning and Sustainability, said:

“This substantial upgrade to improve cleanliness and disabled access will also realise required ongoing annual savings of £75,000. Complementing Reinvigorate York’s work to enhance the city’s public realm and to help support the city centre and early evening economy, the project is delivering modern facilities, maintained and cleaned to a high standard over a 15-year contract.”

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