£1 million on modernising toilets in Torbay will come at a price

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People will soon find themselves paying to use the loo following modernisation work to toilets across Torbay.

Over £1 million will be invested in toilets around the bay with charges up to 30p to be introduced to Torbay’s toilet blocks over the next 2 years. This charge will support the funding of the modernisation.

Torbay Council have commissioned Healthmatic Limited to carry out the modernisation of toilet blocks across the Bay. Healthmatic will also provide the daily operation and cleaning of the toilets which will provide modern, clean and hygienic facilities for residents and visitors. There will be mobile and static cleaners to meet the demands of the summer season.

Mayor Gordon Oliver “I made a commitment to the people of Torbay that there would be no public toilet closures and I have kept my promise. We are now having a £1m investment over three years in our public toilets through a partnership with Healthmatic.”

Councillor Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Community Services, said: “With the savings the Council have had to make with the budget, toilets across the Bay could have been closed. By commissioning Healthmatic to take on the daily operation and the refurbishments, as well as asking users to make a small contribution when they use them, we can continue to provide toilets which will be in a better state of repair.”

Piers Dibben, Managing Director from Healthmatic, said: “We are delighted to be working with Torbay Council on this important area of public service. The investment in the toilets will help to provide high quality facilities to the residents and tourists in Torbay and the long term future of this important service has been secured”

The refurbishment of the toilets will be taking place over the next three years. There will be temporary closures of toilets on an individual basis as refits take place.

Bank Lane, Brixham is the first toilet block to be closed for a refit. The work will be starting at the beginning of July and is estimated to last for five to eight weeks.

Information about when other toilet blocks are due to be refurbished, or when charging will start, will be released closer to the time.

All facilities will have updated signage displayed and Healthmatic will deal with all enquiries regarding toilets.

More information about when and where charges will start will be out soon.

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