Ribble Valley shops make their toilets available to all

SCHEME LAUNCH Sarah Dawson, manager of Maxwells with Ian Lloyd, left, and Ribble Valley Mayor, Simon Hore

SCHEME LAUNCH Sarah Dawson, manager of Maxwells with Ian Lloyd, left, and Ribble Valley Mayor, Simon Hore

First published in Longridge

RESIDENTS and shoppers in Ribble Valley can now ‘spend a penny’ in shops and restaurants as part of a new Community Toilet Scheme.

Numerous shops and businesses are to make their toilet facilities available to the general public without the need to make a purchase.

The facilities will be signposted and promoted so that they can be easily found or located.

The scheme was launched at Maxwell’s Café Bar in Clitheroe by Ribble Valley Mayor Simon Hore and the Old Station Buildings in Longridge by Longridge Deputy Mayor Rose Adamson.

Coun Hore said: “By providing greater access to toilets, the Ribble Valley Community Toilet Scheme will promote community cohesion and rural sustainability “Older people, parents and those with health problems will be able to maintain a more active lifestyle and confidently enjoy the local environment.

“This is particularly important in a large rural borough such as Ribble Valley, which has restricted access to services.”

More than 20 venues have so far signed up to the scheme, including supermarkets, cafes, public houses and libraries, but more are needed.

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In June 2009 a similar scheme was launched by Rossendale Council due to the lack of public toilets in Bacup.

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2:36pm Wed 30 Nov 11

happycyclist says...

This is an excellent idea and one that should be rolled out across the country. Instead of pretending to maintain disgusting public toilets, councils should pay businesses small retainers to clean and maintain their toilet facilities for use by the general public.
This is an excellent idea and one that should be rolled out across the country. Instead of pretending to maintain disgusting public toilets, councils should pay businesses small retainers to clean and maintain their toilet facilities for use by the general public. happycyclist
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3:34pm Wed 30 Nov 11

useyourhead says...

A good idea, and they may make the odd extra sale too, lots have shops etc have stuff that you can't see by looking in the window, and some will still feel as though they should buy a bit of something.
A good idea, and they may make the odd extra sale too, lots have shops etc have stuff that you can't see by looking in the window, and some will still feel as though they should buy a bit of something. useyourhead
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5:43pm Wed 30 Nov 11

Michael@ClitheroeSince58 says...

I don't think they will be to pleased if I dump my load after a night on the Stella, that will empty the street never mind the shop :)
I don't think they will be to pleased if I dump my load after a night on the Stella, that will empty the street never mind the shop :) Michael@ClitheroeSince58
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6:02pm Wed 30 Nov 11

MJA says...

Is this all you've got, Clitheroe? I bet Skipton is quaking in its boots. All those thousands of tourists will choose the convenience of Clitheroe over Skipton.
Is this all you've got, Clitheroe? I bet Skipton is quaking in its boots. All those thousands of tourists will choose the convenience of Clitheroe over Skipton. MJA
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7:45pm Wed 30 Nov 11

ghost of sceptic says...

May i suggest a reduction in business rates in exchange for them opening there toilets to the public.
May i suggest a reduction in business rates in exchange for them opening there toilets to the public. ghost of sceptic
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8:24am Thu 1 Dec 11

tellitasitis says...

MJA wrote:
Is this all you've got, Clitheroe? I bet Skipton is quaking in its boots. All those thousands of tourists will choose the convenience of Clitheroe over Skipton.
omg!!! How pathetic, what a very childish remark!
like this has anything to do with skipton?
i didn't read the name skipton in any of this article.
[quote][p][bold]MJA[/bold] wrote: Is this all you've got, Clitheroe? I bet Skipton is quaking in its boots. All those thousands of tourists will choose the convenience of Clitheroe over Skipton.[/p][/quote]omg!!! How pathetic, what a very childish remark! like this has anything to do with skipton? i didn't read the name skipton in any of this article. tellitasitis
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12:39pm Thu 1 Dec 11

MJA says...

Fair point except the bit about childish and pathetic!!
What I was getting at is the fact that Clitheroe is going down the pan and needs something radical to draw in people from outside and little gestures like this are not going to solve the problem.
Fair point except the bit about childish and pathetic!! What I was getting at is the fact that Clitheroe is going down the pan and needs something radical to draw in people from outside and little gestures like this are not going to solve the problem. MJA
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12:51pm Thu 1 Dec 11

pwitch says...

I hope the venues are also educated in the use of toilets by drug users for their drug habits.
I hope the venues are also educated in the use of toilets by drug users for their drug habits. pwitch
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8:28pm Sun 18 Dec 11

maz;0) says...

The next step is...they'll charge us to use the toilets...it'll happen...thats why they're so eager to let people use them!
The next step is...they'll charge us to use the toilets...it'll happen...thats why they're so eager to let people use them! maz;0)
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