Beds, Herts & Bucks

Bedford pubs and restaurants asked to open toilets to public

Restaurants, shops and businesses in Bedford are being asked to open up their toilets to the public.

The Community Toilet Scheme has been introduced by Bedford Borough Council, which wants to enhance the town's "network of toilets".

Participants will display signs in their windows to indicate facilities usually kept for paying customers are available to all.

The council said one pub, a cafe and a shop had already signed-up.

Councillor Charles Royden, portfolio holder for the environment, said the council spends £365,000 a year on providing public toilets.

"Local residents can be proud that we are looking to enhance the number of good quality facilities in Bedford when a significant number of toilets have closed or been allowed to deteriorate across the UK," he said.

The council also wants to spend £170,000 on refurbishing its public toilets under Allhallows car park.

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