Date published: 16 November 2021
New infection control measures, including the fitting of sensor taps and toilet flushes will be installed in public conveniences in Caistor, Gainsborough and Market Rasen.
The new adaptations which are expected to cost more than £16,000 will be implemented by the end of the year. West Lindsey District Council was awarded a share of the Reopening High Street Safely (RHSS) / Welcome Back Fund (WBF) scheme via the UK Government and the European Regional Development Fund, to help boost the look and feel of high streets.
As well as improvements to the public conveniences, West Lindsey District Council is working with the three towns in the district, Caistor, Market Rasen and Gainsborough to improve the street scene, to make it more inviting to residents and visitors to support their local high streets.
Gainsborough has already seen new planters and trees added to the Market Place, as well as refurbished benches, and Market Rasen Market Place is starting to see refurbishments added including new planters, trees and benches. Further details on the progress of these projects, as well new instalment throughout the three towns will be communicated over the next few weeks.
The Council has been looking at ways it can make improvements to the design of its public toilets, following the Covid-19 pandemic, that reduce the risk of spreading the virus, if there is another outbreak.
Vice Chairman or the Prosperous Communities Committee, Cllr John McNeill welcomed the news, explaining the Covid-19 pandemic and had brought the issue of tackling hygiene to the fore
Cllr McNeill said: “The upgrades to the public conveniences are very much-needed, not only will it boost public confidence in the cleanliness of using public facilities but it will also help improve hygiene by minimising the amount of exposure to potentially infected surfaces. The taps also have an automatic shut off so should be able to save water.”
“Our high streets have all reopened again and put measures in place to boost customer confidence as they return to shopping safely locally. As we learn to live with Covid-19 in our communities, it is equally important that where possible we adapt our facilities and the more non touch facilities we have for our customers to use, the better. These changes are possible thanks to the Welcome Back Fund.”
We are giving advanced notice that the facilities will be closed while the improvement work takes place and we are asking customers to be patient at this time. The work is set to take place at the following sites on the following dates:
- Caistor Town Hall Public Toilets, Caistor – 25th November for a week
- John Street Public Toilets, Market Rasen work will take place between 22 – 24 November 2021
- Roseway Car Park Toilets, Gainsborough - to be confirmed
For full opening times of public toilet in West Lindsey visit the Council’s website.
As well as improvements to the public conveniences other support is available to businesses in West Lindsey.
- Free business support is still available as West Lindsey District Council has secured the support of Clare Bailey, a Lincolnshire-based independent business advisor. You can contact Clare directly via firstname.lastname@example.org in the first instance, or call 07462 218000.
- Discounted one-year membership with the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB). As part of the Council’s partnership with FSB, we are offering business owners an £80 discount on a one-year membership. Register your interest in this FSB promotion