Public will have to pay 20p to spend a penny

Danfo, who have taken over the running of the council's remaining toilet stock, will be able to levy a 20p charge to toilet users.

Danfo, who have taken over the running of the council's remaining toilet stock, will be able to levy a 20p charge to toilet users.

First published in News from around the county - from the Western Telegraph

Users of public toilets in some parts of Pembrokeshire will have to pay up to 20p to spend a penny in the future, as Pembrokeshire County Council has outsourced the management and maintenance of its remaining toilet stock to a private company.

Specialist provider of public toilets, Danfo, has made a successful bid to take over Pembrokeshire’s conveniences and has been running the facilities since August 1st.

In a report to the environment overview and scrutiny committee today (Thursday), Ian Westley, director of transportation, housing and environment, notes that Danfo : “Has committed a level of investment into the public toilet stock and will introduce charging mechanisms on a number of facilities where they feel a return can be realised.”

The maximum charge the company will be able to levy is 20p, a previously agreed by Pembrokeshire County Council’s cabinet.

The report adds that the ten council staff employed to maintain public toilets have been seconded to Danfro. Consultation with both staff and trade unions is ongoing with aim of transferring the staff permanently to Danfro on the same or better terms, that they are currently on with the council.

The report recommends that Danfro be invited to detail its plans and proposals at the next meeting of the overview and scrutiny committee

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1:08pm Thu 4 Sep 14

mayday says...

Hopefully the report makes clear that this is a better solution than adding a penny to our Council Tax. Pembrokeshire will always have the lowest Council Tax in Wales if all the services are outsourced and we pay for whichever one(s) we use. In fact I would like to know what the money saved through this outsourcing (easily in the region of £500,000) is now going to be spent on since I will still be paying the same Council Tax but have one less service for it. Interested to know which committee voted this through and when it will get to Full Council.
Hopefully the report makes clear that this is a better solution than adding a penny to our Council Tax. Pembrokeshire will always have the lowest Council Tax in Wales if all the services are outsourced and we pay for whichever one(s) we use. In fact I would like to know what the money saved through this outsourcing (easily in the region of £500,000) is now going to be spent on since I will still be paying the same Council Tax but have one less service for it. Interested to know which committee voted this through and when it will get to Full Council. mayday
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3:59am Sat 6 Sep 14

Bilbo101 says...

This is just plain wrong on so many fronts. Firstly we have already paid for the toilets through our council tax and secondly they don't cost that much to run and the relatively small savings are going to do very little towards helping the council reduce it's spend by £20 million over the next 3 years.

The cost of maintaining the toilets is a drop in the ocean compared to the vast sums of money that has been wasted on unnecessary Legal advisors and consultants that have been brought in to help defend and support Bryn Parry-Jones and his poor decisions.

Our councillors are just plain incompetent and are running our council and county into the ground. Charging people 20p to use the loo is ridiculous and is going to result in a lot more people urinated in public places just because they don't have a 20p coin on them.
This is just plain wrong on so many fronts. Firstly we have already paid for the toilets through our council tax and secondly they don't cost that much to run and the relatively small savings are going to do very little towards helping the council reduce it's spend by £20 million over the next 3 years. The cost of maintaining the toilets is a drop in the ocean compared to the vast sums of money that has been wasted on unnecessary Legal advisors and consultants that have been brought in to help defend and support Bryn Parry-Jones and his poor decisions. Our councillors are just plain incompetent and are running our council and county into the ground. Charging people 20p to use the loo is ridiculous and is going to result in a lot more people urinated in public places just because they don't have a 20p coin on them. Bilbo101
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