Shops set to provide restrooms as council axes five public toilets in Gravesend, Meopham and Cobham
PUBLISHED: 16:38 29 June 2017 | UPDATED: 15:59 03 July 2017
The council announced the closures at the start of the year
Visitors to Gravesend town centre are set to lose three public restrooms by the end of next month, and are being asked to use alternatives including a petrol garage and a fast-food restaurant instead.
In January, Gravesham councillors agreed plans to close public toilets in Clive Road, opposite the town’s station, Parrock Street car park and Perry Street in Northfleet, all of which are expected to shut in the coming months.
By closing the toilets, as well as two more in Meopham Green and Cobham, the council hopes to cut £76,000 from its annual budget.
The council expects to close the three conveniences in Gravesend and Northfleet in the coming months, replacing them with a joint community toilet scheme.
So far a number of buildings have signed up to the scheme, including the town centre’s Burger King, the Texaco Garage on Pelham Road and Gravesend Borough Market.
Other public buildings signed up to the scheme, all of which will be displayed with a community toilet window sticker outside, are; Gravesend Library, the Civic Centre on Community Square, Gravesend Adult Education Centre and Istead Rise Community Centre.
“With the spread of businesses that we have already signed up and with the varied opening hours, it should be easier to find somewhere if you need to use a loo,” said Alan Ridgers, councillor for environment and operations.
“This is a great example of genuine partnership working, that has been really successful in other boroughs and we are continuing our search to find more businesses to get on board.”
Regarding the two remaining toilets facing closure in Meopham Green and Cobham, Cllr Ridgers assured: “None of the toilets we propose to close will shut until we have suitable replacements in place.”
It is understood the council is still searching for viable replacements.
The council expects the community toilet scheme to be up and running by mid-July, with services at Gordon Promenade, Camer Park, Woodlands Park and Clarence Place expected to remain open.