Torbay Council have commissioned Healthmatic Limited to carry out the modernisation of toilet blocks across the Bay.

Healthmatic, who will also be providing the daily operation and cleaning of the toilets, will provide modern, clean and hygienic facilities for residents and visitors.

As well as ensuring they are accessible and safe to use, Healthmatic’s workforce of mobile and static cleaners will be flexible to meet the demands of the summer season and the Bay’s night-time economy.

The contract with Healthmatic will start on 1 May 2018 and will last for 15 years with a possible extension for a further 5 years

To support the funding of the modernisation work and the increased cleaning regime, a charge to use the toilets will be introduced. Charges will be up to 30p and will be rolled out across the Bay’s toilet blocks over the next 2 years. More information about when and where charges will start will be out soon.

Elected Mayor, Gordon Oliver “I made a commitment to the people of Torbay that there would be no public toilet closures and I have kept my promise. We are now having a £1m investment over three years in our public toilets through a partnership with Healthmatic.”

Councillor Robert Excell, Executive Lead for Community Services, said: “With the savings the Council have had to make with the budget, toilets across the Bay could have been closed. By commissioning Healthmatic to take on the daily operation and the refurbishments, as well as asking users to make a small contribution when they use them, we can continue to provide toilets which will be in a better state of repair.”

Piers Dibben, Managing Director from Healthmatic, said: “We are delighted to be working with Torbay Council on this important area of public service. The investment in the toilets will help to provide high quality facilities to the residents and tourists in Torbay and the long term future of this important service has been secured”

The refurbishment of the toilets will be taking place over the next three years. There will be temporary closures of toilets on an individual basis as refits take place.

Bank Lane, Brixham is the first toilet block to be closed for a refit. The work will be starting at the beginning of July and is estimated to last for five to eight weeks.

Information about when other toilet blocks are due to be refurbished, or when charging will start, will be released closer to the time.

All facilities will have updated signage displayed and Healthmatic will deal with all enquiries regarding toilets.


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