Should Brackley pay 20p to spend a penny? Town councillor asks for the public's view before a decision is made tonight (Monday)

A Brackley town councillor wants to hear whether townspeople approve of a 20p fee to spend a penny in the town's refurbished public toilets.

By Roseanne Edwards
Monday, 4th October 2021, 1:17 pm
Updated Monday, 4th October 2021, 1:18 pm
Members of Brackley Town Council will decide on the matter of a proposed charge for the refurbished public toilets
Members of Brackley Town Council will decide on the matter of a proposed charge for the refurbished public toilets

Brackley North councillor Kate Nash (Lib-Dem) has asked people to give her a 'yes' or a 'no' on her Facebook page or Twitter (@KateofBrackley) so she can share their views at this evening's full council meeting.

At that gathering a decision will be made whether to approve a recommendation to charge 20p for entry to the loos in Brackley Market Place when they reopen on November 10.

Cllr Nash said: "I am concerned about the proposal and want to hear people's views. I would have hoped the grant from West Northamptonshire Council would be enough to cover maintenance of the toilets.

Cllr Kate Nash, who has asked members of the public for their views on whether a 20p charge should be levied on visits to Brackley's public toilets

"One of the consequences of Northamptonshire becoming a unitary authority is that the town council has taken over the town centre loos. They were not in a good state and not a nice environment and it's good that they are currently being completely rebuilt and refurbished. The new toilets will be nice and people may want to use them much more. They will have full disabled access too.

"Members of the council are going to discuss the introduction of a 20p charge this evening. I would rather we didn't charge. People are not carrying cash in the way they once did and for some people there will be medical reasons why they need urgent use of a lavatory. It could be difficult for people with young children too," she said.

"It's not as though we have hoards of tourists, as they do in Cornwall for instance, where local people would be subsidising many visitors. It's going to be mainly local people and it really should be paid for as part of council tax. They have always been free up to now," said Ms Nash.

"My ward is a mile from the town centre so those going shopping on the bus may well need access to a toilet. Not many shops have easily accessible toilets for the public."