20p charge to spend a penny in Chichester

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COUNCIL bosses have said no to large-scale closures of public toilets but yes to looking at a 20p charge.

Chichester District Council leader Heather Caird said toilets were an area where it could save money, because provision of the service was not a legal requirement.

She said: ‘If we do nothing in the next five years, we will have a serious deficit which we will have to find.

‘We need some help here – we need the parishes to help us.’

Councillors asked officers to investigate options including a 20p charge per visit at some toilets; a partnership scheme involving local parish councils and businesses; or limited closures. An option which could have seen more than half the toilets closed was set aside for the time being.