First Mansfield chargeable toilets to open

New toilets at Mansfield’s Old Town Hall will be open to the public on Monday.

There are seven new toilets on Exchange Row, which will be open between 6am-6pm and staffed by the Town Centre Operations team.

The facilities have been redeveloped by Mansfield District Council and are the first chargeable toilets in the Mansfield District.

Visitors will have to pay 20p to use the toilets, which will help to ensure the standard remains at a high quality level and reduce the risk of crime and anti-social behavior, which has been a previous problem in free-to-use toilets. As a result all toilets have been designed to be easy to clean and difficult to vandalise.

All toilets have black signage which has been designed to compliment the listed Old Town Hall building. An area that is believed to have been a shop front at the side of the Old Town Hall has been incorporated into the exterior design of the ladies’ toilets and the gentlemen’s toilets have been built in the space that was previously disused staff toilets.

Both male and female toilets have three cubicles, each incorporating baby changing facilities. The existing disabled toilet has also been refurbished with advice from Disability Nottinghamshire.

Public toilets in the town centre were identified as being a priority for the Council after the results of a public consultation showed the closure of the Old Town Hall toilets was unpopular and that new toilets were needed. The majority of people said they would be willing to pay for high quality toilets, which was factored into the decision to charge.

The scheme brings back into use an otherwise under used part of the Old Town Hall.

The project cost £116,293, which came from Mansfield District Council’s capital fund and no purchase or rental costs have been incurred as the building is owned by the Council.

The toilets were constructed by John Cawley Ltd and MDC Architect David Holford-Wright was responsible for designing and overseeing the project.

Coun Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration at Mansfield District Council, said: “We are trying to encourage more people to shop locally and by providing high quality facilities we can ensure that visitors to the town centre have a positive experience.”