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23 October 2010, 07:30
A Hertfordshire council is expanding a scheme where toilets are available for the public - but inside cafes, shops, pubs and supermarkets.
Three Rivers Council - says it can save £32,000 a year - by paying £600 to private commercial facilities to allow the public to use their loos.
From late November, MENCAP (which has moved to the High Street, opposite Iceland supermarket in Rickmansworth) and Watersmeet - will be opening their doors to the public, ahead of Victorian Evening.
Kevin Snow from the Council - told heart, even though the facilties aren't run by them - they'll continue to make sure they're up-to-scratch: "commercial premises have a reputation to maintain of course, but we're also mystery shopping from time to time - so we're just going in as an ordinary member of the public spending a penny ourselves to make sure everything is in order. We're also monitoring complaints from members of the public - and we've had no complaints to date about the quality of the facilities to date".
So far the venues which have public use of loos in the area include:
The Royal Oak (Abbots Langley), YMCA Woodlands (Abbots Langley), The Harvester and Fox and Hounds (Croxley Green), Three Rivers House (Rickmansworth), Budgens (Chorleywood) and The Centre (South Oxhey).
Facilities are also available next to Cafe in the Park at the Aquadrome.
Watersmeet is situated directly opposite the library while MENCAP is ideal for people shopping in the High Street and it has specialist facilities for people with severe disabilities.
Kevin Snow also told Heart they are looking at expanding the scheme "obviously we will be assessing demand - we can't have too many in one place, but because the scheme is so much cheaper than providing public facilities - we can be quite comprehensive in providing facilities for every village in the district."
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