Leicester

Charnwood council wants retailers to offer loo service

Retailers and businesses are being asked to open their toilets to the public in a bid by a borough council to save £115,000.

Charnwood Borough Council in Leicestershire is closing 10 of its 14 public conveniences .

Market trader Tony Simons said the closure plan would not be fair to parents with children.

"You cannot expect people to go into a shop and say: 'Can I use your loo?' You can't," Mr Simons said.

The council will offer local businesses £600 a year to open up their loos as part of a community toilet plan.

Council spokeswoman Chris Traill said: "There is an opportunity for promoting a community toilet scheme… where local retailers and businesses can engage to provide toilets for public use…"

Mr Traill added that they had had 10 local providers across the borough express an interest in the scheme along with two parish councils.

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