Committee considered the report of Mrs Shepherd which related to
town centre public convenience provision.
noted that the Committee received an update report earlier in the
year on the toilet community scheme and it was recommended that
fully costed options be brought back to enable an informed decision
on the provision of town centre public conveniences.
Committee noted that there was some key considerations which needed
to be taken into account when designing a new Town Centre public
convenience, which were:-
location needed to consider footfall, impact on local businesses,
utilities, visual appearance and security.
likely usage would impact on the size of the facility needed, the
cleaning and maintenance regime.
Cost– the split
between capital and revenue costs for providing the facility needed
to be considered.
Shepherd detailed the various options available and the likely
response to questions from Members, Mr John Edwards, the Street
Scene Operations Manager advised that:-
conveniences in the Market Buildings were in a very bad state and
it would take a lot of investment to get them open again.
·toput in a
public convenience facility in Palace Avenue would create a loss of
income for the car park and would incur additional resources to
maintain the facility.
made the following comments:-
·That the costs were prohibitive and should not be
·That the Council should wait and see what happened
with the developments at Maidstone East, the Mall and the Bus
·That the Community Toilet Scheme should be continued
and Officers should try to get more businesses on board.
·That it seemed a lot of money for a facility to be
built and then vandalised.
·That the Council spent millions on the granite all
the way through the town centre to improve the environment so there
should be toilet facilities to help boost the town
·That a changing places facility was still needed in
RESOLVED: That the Committee agree to deliver and improve
the Community Toilet Scheme and in future consider the possibility
of public conveniences in any further town centre
Voting: For: 7 Against: 0
Councillor Mrs Ring left the meeting at 8.30 p.m. at the
conclusion of this item.