Visit any town, anywhere in the country and sooner or later you are going to find yourself in need of toilet facilities. Invariably, this leads to two options: go home, or use the local amenities. Neither option is always appealing, which is why this week saw the installation of a new toilet at Bullock Fair in Harleston. This is the start of a new programme by South Norfolk Council to refurbish all of its public toilets in support of its Market Towns Initiative.
Cllr Martin Wilby said: “If we’re asking people to stay longer, we must make sure that the facilities we offer are the best they can be - accessible, clean and safe.” He added: “This new toilet is a state-of-the-art, self-cleaning unit that is far easier for the parents of young children, the elderly and people with disabilities to use.”
Access to clean toilet facilities is not just of concern to the public but to local business too. The new facilities are aimed at helping the town attract more visitors, encouraging them to spend longer in the town and to come back.
“Visitors choose their destinations carefully, and meeting their needs leaves a strong and positive impression vital for repeat trade,” said cllr Wilby.
The new toilet was lifted into place last month and will now be connected to both water and electrical supplies. The work was expected to take two weeks,