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Newbury public toilets set to close

Town Council says it can't afford to take on payments

Dan Cooper

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Newbury public toilets set to close

TWO public toilets in Newbury are set to close as a result of West Berkshire Council's cuts to services.

Last week the district council voted in favour of transferring the responsibility of running the toilets at the Wharf and Pembroke Road onto the town council.

But despite setting aside £15,000 in its budget, Newbury Town Council said it couldn't afford to keep them open.

The Visitor Information Centre will also close due to the cuts, but the town council says it is working with Newbury Business Improvement District (BID) to retain some information service - possibly from the Corn Exchange, Newbury Library or the West Berkshire Museum.

However, the town council says that some CCTV service will be retained in Newbury.

West Berkshire Council will stop paying for 40 CCTV cameras - 24 of them in Newbury and Greenham - from April 1.

But a £36,000 contribution from Thames Valley Police, £12,000 from the town council and support from Newbury BID and West Berkshire Business Watch, means the majority will still remain.

For more, see next week's Newbury Weekly News.

 

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  • laurentlevendeu

    10/03/2016 - 15:03

    It is amazing that we pay so much rates and council tax and every year we are told the same rubbish...it is to reinvest into community project blablabla. But still the council cannot afford a vey very basic community need and must of everybody. I suspect someone at west Berkshire Council just had a pay rise.

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  • pops50

    09/03/2016 - 13:01

    Port-a-loos to be installed throughout West berkshire Towns, every 100metres

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  • Ihavenonickname

    09/03/2016 - 11:11

    Ah well look at it as an opportunity for Me. Benyon and those terribly nice Conservatives to open up the facilities in the Conservative Club on Cheap Street to general public use!

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  • Councilridiculo

    08/03/2016 - 19:07

    I cant understand it. You are redeveloping bus services around the wharf and library and you have the park, with summer visitors and nowhere to pee. Why dont you introduce a 20p barrier similar to those in use in rail stations this will help to alleviate the cost and also monitor footfall and there usage. I see that no mention of use and figures are included in this report. half arsed reporting from NWN as usual

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