Sunday, 17 December 2017

Mayor: £50,000 refurbishment of toilets on target

THE refurbishment of the public toilets in Henley’s Mill Meadows is on course to be completed this winter.

THE refurbishment of the public toilets in Henley’s Mill Meadows is on course to be completed this winter.

The facilities at the Leichlingen Pavilion, which are more than 20 years old and prone to bad smells, are to undergo a complete overhaul costing around £50,000.

Three companies have been approached to carry out the work but have turned it down and a fourth is due to be approached next month. Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak, who chairs the town council’s Mill Meadows and river sub-committee and is overseeing the project, said: “We are still on track for getting them refurbished in the winter period — that is the goal.

“We have incorporated all the recommendations from the British Toilet Association, which includes widening doors to be compliant with the current regulations. There will also be split-level changing facilities.The one thing that we could not include was the recommendation for a large disabled area. We have not got the structural capacity, so the disabled facility will be the same size as the current one.

“The ladies’ toilet will be converted into a family changing room and will be lockable so disabled people can have a choice.”

Cllr Gawrysiak said one company wanted £6,600 to draw up plans, produce a tender document and see the process through, which he felt was “very expensive”.

In 2010, the council was told that it would cost around £230,000 to fully refurbish the toilets. Instead, it carried out a series of two-day deep cleans at a cost of £1,100 a time. It later admitted that this had been a waste of time and money and did not make a difference to the overall smell from the toilets.

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