A proposal to install a toilet at Makins Recreation Ground has been rejected after the second public consultation saw 62% respondees answer ‘no’ to the installation.
The second public consultation ran between 2 July to 2 August and 55 responses were received. The results were broadly in line with the first public survey in March 2020 with 63% saying no. The Council decided to run a further consultation as the first one had not reached as many people or attracted as many responses as was hoped. The project and survey was exhibited at the Neighbourhood Plan exhibition at the Town Hall on 2/3 July.
The proposal was to install a a single, unisex unit with access for the disabled and with baby changing facilities for a timed use at an indicative cost of between £62K-£71K with £8.5K cost per year for cleaning.
Signage has recently been installed at the recreation ground informing park users of the location of the nearest toilets at Greys Road Car Park (a 6 minute walk away).
Councillors were surprised that the results of the second consultation on the provision of toilets at Makins Recreation Ground had not been in favour, but recognised that the views
expressed could not be ignored.