Council approves 20p charge for three Lincoln public toilets

Councillors have approved plans for a 20p charge at three public toilets in the centre of Lincoln.

A full meeting of City of Lincoln Council on Tuesday, August 9 agreed on the charge at the toilets on Castle Square, Tentercroft Street and Lucy Tower Street.

The proposals were first approved by the council’s Executive at a meeting in July.

The cost of installing barriers at the three sites is estimated to be about £30,000, and the council anticipates that the charge could generate this amount in a single year.

The council has said that the toilets will continue to be attended for the vast majority of the opening times, and will be cleaned and maintained on a regular basis.

Steve Bird, Assistant Director for Communities and Street Scene at the council, said: “Evidence suggests that people are prepared to pay a reasonable sum to use toilet facilities, especially in areas known for their tourism, providing that they are clean and of a high standard.

“By charging a nominal amount we will be able to maintain high standards at these three facilities while ensuring that money is saved for vital projects and services in Lincoln.”