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A loss of income, or a boost for local businesses?
There's an interesting piece in the latest issue of Public Toilets UK, which raises a good question. Gill Kemp, the publication's editor, writes:
"There appears to have been some heated discussion in North East Lincolnshire Council on not ensuring that tourists to Cleethorpes pay for parking and toilets [Grimsby Telegraph 1/9]. Apparently because of vandalism the toilet barriers have not been in operation, making the toilets temporarily free for use - and the parking machines have also been malfunctioning, leading to lost revenue.
"But does it really mean lost revenue?
"Wouldn't free parking and free toilets encourage more visitors to the area?
"Councillor Jackson is quoted as saying: 'We're at the height of the tourist season in Cleethorpes and you'd think North East Lincolnshire Council would be doing all it could to maximise income...'.
"Also, according to Councillor Jackson, out of order parking machines means not only loss of income but also 'gives visitors a bad impression of the resort'!
Gill tells us that over the past few months, PTUK has been in touch with its charity supporters about forming a consortium of likeminded organisations with the aim of improving and increasing access to toilet facilities in the UK. She says that the response to date has been very positive and there is recognition that by working together towards a common aim, a greater impact will be achieved than if the different organisations work in isolation.
Image: Generic picture, courtesy of www.express.co.uk
If you're interested in becoming involved, contact Gill via:
29th September 2016