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Exclusive: Public toilets will not be closed

Posted on - 11th March, 2011 - 9:00am | Author - | Posted in - Business, Campaigns, News, Politics

Preston's newest public toilets, on Kendal Street

The city’s public toilets will not be closed, Blog Preston can exclusively reveal.

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It was feared that Preston’s loos would be closed after nearby councils in Manchester and Sefton decided to scrap theirs.

But the council have stated their commitment to maintaining their 12 toilets, and also vowed to open more.

Kevin Goonan, of Preston City Council, claimed they are important for society.

“They’re a public right,” he said. “That’s why we decided to install brand new ones last year. There are plans for another block to be put in. It’s just a matter of where they’ll go.”

Cities elsewhere including Manchester, which will keep just one toilet open, are closing their public loos because of costs.

Facing massive shortfalls in their budget, councils view them as a non-essential service.

Preston Against Cuts leader Lynne Wallace claimed they are worth keeping despite the costs.

“My view is there’s enough money for all these things. It shouldn’t be about choosing one service other another,” she said.

“We should be fighting to keep all services, no matter what they are.”

The city’s newest loos are in the city are on Kendal Street. They are one of only two in Preston which charge 20p per use.

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