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With Newport’s South Street public toilets still closed, Lord Louis Library has agreed to make their accessible toilet temporarily available to people in case of emergency.

This initiative is in partnership with Newport Parish Council and will run concurrently with the arrangement at McDonalds for use of their facilities.

While this temporary arrangement is in place, the Library toilet will have an additional daily clean, courtesy of cleaners contracted by Newport Parish Council.

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Library Service Manager Rob Jones said:

“I am very pleased that we are able to work in partnership with Newport Parish Council and in this way make some people’s visits to Newport just a bit easier.

“The toilet is sited just inside the front entrance to the library, and can be accessed by RADAR key. If you do not have a RADAR key, please ask at the library help desk – staff will be happy to open up the toilet for you”.

At the November Parish Council meeting it was agreed to have another discussion with the Isle of Wight Council regarding re-opening the South Street block.

Councillor Peter Whiteman, as Chairman of Newport Parish Council Devolved Services Committee said:

“We have made a number of suggestions to the IW Council to try to get the South Street block reopened but they have not yet come to fruition. We are willing to give it one final go as we know how important the facility is to the town. I am delighted that we have been able to provide an alternative, even if it is only on a temporary basis”.

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