Following on from the recent closure of the South Street toilet facilities in Newport due to drainage issues, Newport Parish Council have teamed up with McDonalds to trial a 3-month community toilet scheme.

Members of the public will be able to use the facilities in the outlet without any need to purchase and Newport Parish Council will be paying for servicing the toilets during the trial.

McDonald’s is open from 05:00 to midnight, so is highly accessible and will be a clean, safe environment for residents and visitors alike.

The Parish Council is continuing to work with the Isle of Wight Council for a resolution on the South Street block.

Newport PC still manage the Post Office Lane block, which is cleaned 3 times a day, to a much higher standard than previously and a refurbishment plan is also underway.

Cllr Jones-Evans said:

“When the IW Council had its previous consultation on community toilets many businesses were interested. So when the situation with the South Street block came apparent I decided to revisit this idea. As McDonald’s are near the bus station and open from early in the morning to late at night I think this will be a good solution. Radar key access is also available within the store”.

Steve Smith, area manager for South Coast Foods said:

“McDonald’s are always happy to support community projects and this is something we were previously interested in getting involved with. Of course people are not obliged to purchase goods when they use the facilities but should they wish to purchase a cup of coffee we will warmly welcome both residents and visitors”.

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