WORK is underway to build new toilets in Mansfield’s Four Seasons Shopping Centre - with users set to be charged 20p to spend a penny.
Council chiefs hope the chargeable toilets, only the second introduced in the town, will discourage vandalism and nuisance behaviour.
The facilities, which will be built on the site of a former shop opposite the existing toilets, are expected to open in October.
Coun Kate Allsop, portfolio holder for economic regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “The provision of high-quality toilets will help to ensure visitors to Mansfield town centre have a positive experience and encourage them to return in the future, which will bring money into the town centre.
“Charging people to use the toilets will help to maintain high standards and reduce vandalism and anti-social behaviour, which has been an issue at free-to-use facilities.”
A public consultation recently revealed that modern public toilets were a priority for people visiting the town centre - and a majority said they were willing to pay for high-quality facilities.
Toilets at the Four Seasons Shopping Centre were originally created in the mid-1970s and have become outdated.
Although minor refurbishments have taken place over the years, the facilities now require a major revamp to bring them up to modern standards.
The facilities will include 10 female toilets, three male toilets, five urinals and disabled and baby changing facilities in both male and female toilets.
The existing toilets will be converted into two new retail units, and the entrance foyer will also be refurbished as part of the project.
Work is being carried out by contractors J. Tomlinson Ltd and is expected to cost £500,000, which has been allocated from the council’s general fund and capital programme fund.