Refurbished public toilets have opened at The Shambles in Alnwick town centre, following a £125,000 renovation which includes new sanitary ware, cubicles, finishes, fixtures and fittings – along with associated electrical and mechanical works.
They also incorporate facilities for those with additional needs including a height adjustable adult size changing bench and a hoist system.
The improvements at Alnwick are part of a wider Northumberland County Council £1.35m three-year programme of works to improve the standard of all of the 54 public toilets in the county for which the council has responsibility.
Councillor John Riddle, Cabinet Member for Local services at Northumberland County Council, said: “These new facilities are a vast improvement for residents and visitors in one of our busiest towns. At a time when many councils are closing toilets we are investing in them. We know the availability of toilets with extra facilities can make a huge difference to people with a range of disabilities and their carers, so installing these features was a key element of this scheme.”
Alnwick Councillor Gordon Castle said: “Refurbishment of these toilets has been a long time coming but we now have good facilities in as much space as was available in this grade 1 listed building. The work is finished to a high standard, and I hope the public likes what it sees.”
Fellow Alnwick Councillor Councillor Martin Swinbank added:”It’s great to finally see these updated facilities for Alnwick. “Good quality, accessible public toilets enhance our town centre and in a veryimportant way improve the lives of all those who need to use them.”
Pictures from left, Councillors Martin Swinbank, Gordon Castle and John Riddle.