Lack of public toilets in Bedford town centre is driving people to Milton Keynes a meeting heard on Thursday.
Bedford Borough Council’s environment and sustainable communities committee met with business leaders and concerned residents in an attempt to thrash out a solution to the town’s toilet problems.
Those present were concerned that council-run conveniences at Silver Street, Lurke Street and Riverside have been closed, and that this is putting people off shopping in Bedford town centre.
Councillor Roger Rigby, who requested that the council look into a petition with nearly 2,000 signatures calling for the toilets to be reopened, said: “It was important to hear how much of a negative impact the public convenience closures have had on older people, families and those with medical conditions.
“One of the most striking views was the feeling from businesses, particularly in the Harpur Centre that they are footing the bill for increased demand in their facilities while the council has saved money.
“We have been told that it would cost £3,000 to re-open a site and an annual cost of £38,000 to operate each facility.
“The ongoing cost is excessive and can be brought down by changing the way in which toilets are manned.”
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