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20p charge to use Newbury public loos coming into force

Town council will install paddle gates later this month

Will you miss the public toilets in Newbury town centre?

THOSE looking to spend a penny in Newbury will have to pay 20p for the privilege with work to install turnstiles at the Wharf public toilets set to get underway later this month.

Newbury Town Council will be installing the paddle gates between May 22 and 23.

The toilets will remain open during this time.

Once the paddle gates have been installed, there will be a 20p charge to use the facility – 5p, 10p, 20p and 50p pieces will be accepted, but no change will be given.

Newbury Town Council has confirmed that the 20p charge will go towards the maintenance and cleaning of the toilets.

The cost of the turnstiles is thought to be in the region of £10,000 (to be covered by West Berkshire Council) and is expected to bring in around £5,520 each year.

The town council took over the running of the toilets from West Berkshire Council last year as the district council struggled to slash millions of pounds from its budget owing to the unprecedented government cuts in 2016.

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  • Sainthamster

    12/05/2017 - 19:07

    I'd rather pay 20p than have no toilets in the wharf at all. Every town you visit you have to pay to pee. These ones are really well kept and worth keeping in my opinion


  • Racegoer

    12/05/2017 - 15:03

    £10,0, 00 to install (minimum) and just over £5,000 each year in revenue. Factor in maintenance and there is very little profit in the venture, even after 2 years. Just a waste of time - perhaps they really intend to charge 50p after an initial offer of only 20p?????