Gloucestershire

Gloucester businesses to open up toilets to the public

Up to 10 businesses in Gloucester are to open up their lavatories to the public as part of a new community toilet scheme.

The plan will save the city council the £280,000 cost of renovating four run-down facilities which will close.

The Robert Raikes pub, Guildhall, GL1 leisure centre, Debenhams and McDonalds are taking part in the year-long trial.

The council said the businesses would benefit from the added footfall and customers would have a wider choice.

The businesses will receive a sum of cash to take part in the trial.

Greater security

Phil Tandy, landlord of the Robert Raikes pub, said: "People will come through the door and we think once people come through this beautiful building, some will stop and perhaps have a meal or drink."

Councillor Steve Morgan said in many cases customers would see an improved service, including disabled and baby-changing facilities.

"A lot of these premises are open much later into the evening and people will be able to use their loos," he said.

"So we're offering greater opening hours, greater security because these premises are being occupied all the time, and a better quality service."

The scheme will begin on 5 July, with new signage and posters being set up across the city.

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