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Public Conveniences Consultation

This consultation is now closed

View the Cabinet report, including the consultation report and how we have responded below.

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Background

Bridgend County Borough Council continues to face challenging reductions in funding from central government and we are having to consider changing the way we work, providing more services in partnership and reducing some services in order to manage with less.

In 2015 we had a consultation on reviewing our public conveniences and as a result the number of toilets in our town centres were reduced from nine to six and urinals were de-commissioned. The remaining public conveniences offer disabled facilities and are regularly cleaned and maintained.

It was agreed at a Cabinet meeting on 3 October 2017 that we would undertake a further review of our public toilets service and we would like your views on a range of issues relating to the continued provision of this service.

Your views will then be used to help us make decisions about the future operation and provision of council-owned public conveniences across the county borough.

Current situation

The council currently operates six public conveniences. The toilets are staffed by four toilet attendants who work on a rota system to open, close, and clean the toilets. 

The council's Medium Term Financial Strategy (MTFS) proposes to further reduce the budget available to the service which operates public toilets across the county borough.

Bridgend town centre has two public conveniences, Porthcawl town centre has three and Maesteg has one. These are comparable to other town centres where Pontypridd had two public conveniences in the town and Neath has only one.

The current provision in the towns can be described as here

Comfort schemes

As part of its previous review of public toilet provision in the county borough, the council

reintroduced its comfort scheme. This scheme makes small grants (up to £500 per year) available to local businesses, in return for the business opening its toilets to non-paying customers.

This comfort scheme is available borough-wide and makes provision for clean, safe and accessible public toilets, in convenient locations for residents and visitors in addition to the council-owned facilities.

How to respond

This consultation period will begin on the 7 February and close on the 4 April 2018.

Online: Click here

Paper copy: Click here

Tel: 01656 643664

Email: consultation@bridgend.gov.uk

Post: Consulation on Public Conveniences, Bridgend County Borough Council, Civic Offices, Angel Street, Bridgend, CF31 4WB.

Alternative formats are also available upon request.

Don’t forget you can still have your say on improving council services by clicking here to join our Citizens’ Panel.

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