COSTINGS for modern new public toilets are being sought following a unanimous decision by Buckingham Town Council on Monday night.
Councillor Robin Stuchbury proposed the town council should look into creating additional town centre toilets following a large number of complaints over the Moreton Road facilities.
Mr Stuchbury said: “The town clerk will be bringing back a report with costs for the town council to agree at a future meeting.
“Then the town council would be able to make a decision on the total costs before they decide whether to go ahead.”
He added: “There’s only two public toilets for a population close to 14,000 people, as well as the villages on the outskirts.
“All members agreed we need more toilets in the town centre.
“We’ve got a skate park, a busy car park and a public park people use for recreation, so there’s three separate needs.
“If you’re disabled, in town with young children, or you’re a young person using the skate park, you’ve got to walk through the town centre to use the toilet.”
Town councillor Lisa O’Donoghue, who is registed disabled, said: “I don’t use the toilets in Moreton Road because I can’t get to them.
“When I recently went to another market town they had a lovely block of clean toilets in the car park before you get to the shopping centre.
“It’s such a basic requirement.
“Then I come to Buckingham and think, ‘Why no toilets?’
“We have visitors wanting to use shops and we can’t provide a basic requirement, especially if you’ve got children.”
Trisha Lightfoot, a member of Buckingham Traders’ Association, said: “My suggestion would be to open up the toilets in the community centre.
“It’s a quick fix, it’s cost-effective, and it’s where everybody comes into town.”