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Wilton Road public toilets set to open

Published Wednesday, 20th March 2019

The final phase of improvements to the town’s public toilets are set to be completed with the opening of the new loos on Wilton Road, Melton Mowbray on Monday 25th March 2019.

This follows the opening of the new toilets in St Marys Way in February and at a time when many other market towns are closing their facilities, represents yet another investment in our town; supporting both visitors and the wider community.

Following public consultation in 2015 and again in 2016, Melton Borough Council committed to provide new public conveniences at a committee in June 2016. The consultation engaged with over 200 people and took into consideration the views of residents, community and access groups, local businesses and tourists.

Leader of the Council, Cllr Joe Orson Said: “Having modern, welcoming amenities in Melton Mowbray is an essential component of enhancing our town for both residents and visitors alike. We are committed to investing in and developing Melton as an attractive place to live, work and visit and building upon our already excellent offering for tourism in the Rural Capital of Food.”

The two newly opened sets of toilets are a result of £400k investment made by the Council.  The total costs included the construction of the building as well as approx. £72k of mechanical and electrical costs such as fire alarm, disabled alarm, payment machines and disconnection of services including water and heating.  The total cost also included the demolition of the previous buildings, professional fees such as surveys, design, planning and for utilities and other statutory services.

Refurbishment of the old toilets had been estimated at approximately £160k however ongoing running costs would have remained high at £60k per year. The new semi-automatic toilets provide a clean and welcoming environment and have allowed significant savings in the ongoing running costs representing good value for money.

To support the wider visitor experience in the surrounding area, signage, lighting and landscaping have also been improved next to the new Wilton Road toilets.