Public toilets in Clacton town centre are set to remain free to use under plans put forward to a meeting next week.
As part of Tendring District Council’s Public Conveniences Strategy adopted in June last year, the authority agreed to introduce a charge for people using the toilets in Rosemary Road, Clacton, once the facility had been refurbished.
But in light of the challenges facing the town centre with some national retailers announcing store closures, it has now been proposed that the planned charges are dropped.
A report before Tendring District Council (TDC) Cabinet members at a meeting next week sets out a recommendation to not introduce charges. The refurbishment will still go ahead.
Cabinet members are also being recommended to approve a £130,000 refurbishment of the public toilets in Promenade Way, Brightlingsea.
The amenity was listed for upgrade in the future under the Public Conveniences Strategy but not in the first round of funding.
However, additional funding from section 106 money – cash paid by developers for improvements in the area in which they build – has been identified for the scheme.
Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, said he would be backing the recommendations to his colleagues.
“Particularly in busy tourist areas such as Promenade Way in Brightlingsea it is important that our facilities are top-notch to encourage people to return, and I am glad funding has been found for this refurbishment,” Cllr Skeels said.
“Similarly it is important that we look after our residents and our businesses, and I believe it is right change our plans for charging at the Rosemary Road, Clacton, toilets at this time while our town centre is in a state of flux.
“The team is now drawing up plans for the refurbishment of the Rosemary Road toilets, and there will be update soon.”
TDC’s Cabinet next meets in the Essex Hall at Clacton Town Hall from 10.30am on Friday, September 14. Read the full agenda here.