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Brown sign plan for business that let public use their loos
6:00am Wednesday 14th August 2013 in News
Some businesses in Cornwall may soon be displaying a "brown sign" as they step in to cover a cut in public toilet funding, and get Cornwall Council out of a nasty hole.
The scheme could see business owners open their toilets to members of the public if the scheme being considered by Cornwall Council gets the green, or brown, light
With more budget cuts around the corner and fears that the closure of some of the county's loos at the peak of the holiday season could damage trade, the scheme cis part of a plan to find "creative ways" to keep toilets open.
More than 30 public toilets in the county are closed despite it being peak tourist season, with many others starting to charge people much more than a penny to spend a penny.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford said the council knew how important toilets were for residents and tourists.
Councillor Edwina Hannaford, cabinet member for environment, heritage and planning, said she was "working on a community toilet scheme with businesses, linked to a brown sign, saying those businesses have opened up their toilets.
She added that some businesses see it as enhancing their business, and that she knows"how important toilets are to residents and visitors".
The cleaning bill for the almost 300 public toilets across the county was costing Cornwall Council more than £1m a year.