Portsmouth’s first community toilet could be the way forward

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THE first ‘community toilet’ could be appearing in Portsmouth after an agreement was made with ferry firm Wightlink.

Gerald Vernon-Jackson, council leader of Portsmouth City Council, met with the chief executive of Wightlink, Russell Crewe.

They have made an agreement to turn the Wightlink toilet at The Hard into a community toilet.

This means it will be open to the public but cared for and financed by Wightlink.

It comes in the wake of cuts which will see several public toilets in the city closed.

Councillor Vernon-Jackson said: ‘We have been trying to work out what to do with public toilets. One of the things we have been talking about is having community toilets.

‘We wanted to find alternative ways the public can use toilets in the city.

‘Community toilets have worked very well in other places and Richmond in London has around 97.

‘So, the council and Wightlink have made a principal agreement for their customer toilets at The Hard to become the first community toilet.

‘We do not have a date for it but I hope it will be soon.’

The council hopes other businesses will follow in the footsteps of Wightlink and offer their toilets to the public. Councillor Vernon-Jackson added: ‘It is the beginning for what I hope to be a bigger plan.’