Due to ongoing problems with the public conveniences, the Town Council is consulting local residents on the future of the facilities.
The annual cost of running the public conveniences in the current configuration is £10,605. In 2018 the facilities were closed due to considerable damage caused by frozen pipework. After some discussion, a decision was made to re-open the accessible facility and install a 20p coin system to try and prevent the mis-use that the conveniences have suffered for some time. In addition to the annual running costs, a considerable amount is spent on general maintenance due to mis-use and vandalism. Over the last 5 years this has amounted to £16,607.
Funding of the facilities is made through the Precept which local residents pay to South Gloucestershire Council (via Council Tax) and in turn is paid to the Town Council. Any increase in the funding required to maintain the facilities will result in an increase to the precept.
Since the facility has been re-opened, there has been a considerable amount of vandalism/mis-use which has led to complaints and, on occasion, closure of the facilities. Cleaning takes place once a day and the council does not currently have the funding in place to have staff checking and cleaning the facilities throughout the day.
Sodbury Town Council would really like to hear from its residents and other local people about the future of the facilities. The matter will be discussed at our Annual Parish Meeting on 2nd April in Chipping Sodbury Town Hall at 7.30pm. A simple survey has been set up which can be accessed via https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/V8YC7RK or forms available from the Town Council office and C/S library. The survey will close at the end of May 2019.
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