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Exeter shops could open toilets to public

Shops and cafes in Exeter could be paid up to £600 to open their toilets to the public.

The Community Toilet Scheme could mean a big increase in the number of places available a councilworking grouphas said.

The council rejected a decision in 2010 to reduce the number of the city's 24 public toilets to cut costs.

City Centre Manager John Harvey said he thought the centre was already well catered for with toilets.

He said: "Although I'm sceptical, it's worth looking at all avenues for provision of public toilets."

Robert Norley, Assistant Director of Environment, said: "It's important to have good quality facilities within any local authority area, particularly prime shopping areas.

"It may well be that a Community Toilet Scheme has no benefit and we need to ensure our own toilets are improved and enhanced."

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