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Council cash makes public toilets more convenient

2 February 2017

We have announced more funding to help people spend a penny.

Public toilets are being revamped with almost £50,000 of community grant money.

We believe the money for town and parish councils who look after the loos, combined with other initiatives, means public toilets have never been more convenient.       

Parish and town councils were invited to bid for the funding to make significant improvements to six local conveniences in Windermere, Kirkby Lonsdale, Arnside and Ulverston.

The largest grant of up to £15,000 will help modernise the conveniences at Quarry Rigg in Windermere, providing much needed access for the disabled and nappy changing facilities.

Julie Wright, Town Clerk of Windermere Town Council, said: “We are extremely happy to receive this funding. The toilets have been a top priority and this additional money means we can now have a higher standard of improvements, providing better facilities and access, especially for those with disabilities.”

Elsewhere, Kirkby Lonsdale Town Council successfully applied for a grant from us of up to £14,000 for repairs and refurbishment at the Devil’s Bridge and Jingling Lane toilets. There will be major refurbishment and roof repairs at both sites.

In Ulverston a grant of £11,500 will help upgrade the public toilets in the town’s indoor market hall and provide better facilities for those with disabilities.   

Arnside Parish Council has also secured a grant of £5,000 to pay for maintenance, decoration and improvement works at the Promenade toilets.

The grants have been made possible because of unspent funds allocated to our Locally Important Projects (LIPs).

Our Leader, Councillor Giles Archibald, said: “We are always keen to work locally with town and parish councils and delighted to be able to make this money available to help them carry out important improvements to public toilets. As a council, we remain keen to support improved access to clean and safe toilets and we welcome requests from other parishes to help support public toilet provision. As a result of investment like this and initiatives to make more of them available, public toilets have never been more convenient.”

Projects which promote greater use of public loo facilities include the Kendal Courtesy Toilet Scheme. So far 16 participating premises allow the public to use their facilities during opening hours without needing to make a purchase. The council pays each of the shops and businesses taking part and has produced a leaflet showing where the toilets are.