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Relief for shoppers as public toilet scheme gets the go ahead

16 February 2018

Councillor Emsley. Spending a penny in Littleborough will never be as convenient thanks to an innovative new scheme.

Rochdale Borough Council and Pennines Township Committee have teamed up with local businesses to ensure shoppers have access to clean, safe public conveniences for free.

A pilot toilet scheme, starting in early March 2018, will allow people to use the conveniences in local businesses, without an obligation to make a purchase.

The vision behind the idea came from Littleborough councillor Janet Emsley and a number of town centre shops have already signed up. Any business signed up to the scheme will be displaying a special poster in their shop window. 

'The response from local businesses and shops has been fantastic'

Councillor Emsley said: “The response from local businesses and shops has been fantastic and I would like to thank those who are already on board.

“Everyone benefits from this scheme. Shoppers have access to good quality facilities, the businesses get an increased footfall and, in the current economic climate, the council doesn’t have the expense of maintaining the toilets.

“Similar schemes have been successfully implemented in other towns and this will really boost businesses, as people calling in to local shops will be spending more than a penny!”

Any business interested in joining the scheme should Tracey Knight, Pennines Township Officer, on 01706 922227. An official launch photograph will be taking place in March 2018.  

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