New toilets for town a step closer

The design for Buckingham's new public toilets PNL-140729-142118001
The design for Buckingham's new public toilets PNL-140729-142118001

Town centre visitors will no longer be ‘caught short’ once a new toilet block is completed.

The design for the new toilets in Buckingham’s Cornwall’s Meadow was agreed by Buckingham Town Council on Monday night.

After examining tenders, councillors agreed to award the contract for installing the facility to Wiltshire-based company Healthmatic.

And town council staff are now applying for New Homes Bonus funding to cover the estimated £125,000 cost of the scheme.

The plan is to install the toilet block, comprising a disabled toilet with baby changing facilities and two other unisex cubicles, in the corner of Cornwall’s Meadow, where the recycling bins are currently sited.

A new pedestrian access path will be constructed from the green bridge across the River Great Ouse, and new signs will be erected to point out the facility to motorists arriving at the car park.

The pavement around the toilet area will be built out to the roadway, with bollards to keep the area free of cars, and drop kerbs will be installed.

While the work is being done, new bike stands will also be installed.

Councillors have yet to debate whether to charge people for using the toilets.

They come with coin-pay entry as standard, but the charge can be set at anything from free to £1.

Buckingham Town Council will have to apply for planning permission to install the facility on the land, which is owned by Aylesbury Vale District Council (AVDC) and in a Conservation Area.