Change for public loos on agenda

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KINGSTON residents are being asked if they feel flush enough to pay to spend a penny as part of a council survey to develop a Public Toilet Strategy across the municipality.

The online survey asks respondents whether they would be prepared to pay to use a public toilet “to ensure high quality standards”.

Kingston Council is also asking where locals believe public toilets should be located for convenience and whether standalone toilets or loos within public buildings are preferable.

The survey also asks people to rate how safe they feel in Kingston’s public toilets and asks whether more public loos are needed.

There are 37 council-managed toilets in Kingston.

Council says the survey is part of their ongoing work to maintain, review and possibly replace public toilets “to ensure our community has access to safe, clean facilities that are accessible and meet current requirements”.

“Public toilet facilities provide an important service to the community especially for parents of young children, the elderly and people with health or medical conditions,” Kingston Council sustainability general manager Mauro Bolin said.

“We’re asking the community to let us know where they would like to see new toilets installed and what sort of public toilet facilities they prefer.

“Options could include stand-alone toilet blocks, public toilet facilities connected to existing community buildings or private buildings or automated toilets.

“Kingston Council has no plans for people to pay to use council toilets. But we are interested in knowing how people feel about the idea as well as their views on cleanliness, design and location and we encourage everyone to get online and fill out the five minute survey.”

The 21-question survey can be completed before Friday 12 February at kingston.vic.gov.au/community/have-your-say or call council on 1300 653 356 to request a copy of the survey.

First published in the Chelsea Mordialloc Mentone News – 27 January 2016

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