A community centre is throwing open its toilet doors to enable the public to make use of them.
As a non-statutory service, Pembrokeshire County Council has been under pressure to reduce the budget for public toilets for several years. Some communities have stepped forward and taken over the running of public toilets, whilst others have helped to meet ongoing costs.
Another way to protect, and even increase, provision is for community venues and businesses to make their toilets publicly accessible. This is where the trustees of Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre have stepped in.
Their toilets will be open to the wider community for a trial period during their normal centre opening hours. The toilets have been redecorated and refurbished recently and are now ready for use.
For those with mobility issues there is ramped access to the centre, and one of the toilets is fully accessible.
The toilets will shortly appear on the map of public toilets on the Pembrokeshire County Council website (https://www.pembrokeshire.gov.uk/map-data/public-toilets-map).
A Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre trustee said: “We had no hesitation in making these toilets available to anyone who needs to use them.
“It is great to be able to provide a much-needed facility, particularly for those workers who are out and about every day in our community and need such facilities. It will also prove useful for those visiting the area such as walkers and cyclists.”
Cllr Rhys Sinnett, Cabinet Member for Residents’ Services, said: “I would like to thank Hubberston and Hakin Community Centre for stepping forward and providing this facility to their wider community.
“They can clearly see the benefits that making their toilets publicly available can bring not only to the residents they serve but also those who are working in that area. I hope that other community and private settings will see the benefits of doing the same.”
If any community or private venue would like to make their toilets publicly available, please contact Katy Daly, Strategic Business Manager (email@example.com).