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The public toilets at Tower Cottage Gardens in Shanklin’s Old Village have been formally re-opened by the town’s Mayor, Jon Gilbey, following extensive planning and the investment totalling £80,000.

The new state of the art amenities, installed by the international public toilet specialists Danfo, boast special features for disabled people including braille signage, accessible hand-washing facilities, wheelchair friendly space and dedicated baby changing, as well as all year heating and ventilation control, energy efficient utility systems and self-flushing cubicles.

Cllr Gilbey said:

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“Since the Isle of Wight Council ceased proving public conveniences in Shanklin, and across the Island, the Town Council has invested considerable public funds in maintaining and improving all 5 public toilets and this new facility is of the highest standard possible.

“As we now own these 5 toilets they should become an asset to the Town and its residents, not the liability they use to be”.

Shanklin Town Council have also funded an upgrade in the pathway, introduced CCTV and improved security and worked with Isle of Wight Council to improve the grounds of Tower Cottage, which will enable the remainder of the site to be used by a concessionaire in future years, which, together with minimal charging for using the toilets, will reduce the cost to the public purse.

Cllr Gilbey added:

“This has been a major project for the Town. The level of remedial work was significant and included removal of trees and redundant street furniture, improving site drainage and a renovation of the roof and surrounds.

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“We are grateful to local businesses and residents for understanding the reasons for the slight delay and helping us provide 21st century amenities for visitors to our Town. We’d also like to thank the local builders, engineers and technicians for bringing this project to a conclusion and will now be focusing on Falcon Cross, fulfilling the commitment we made to residents of Shanklin in the public meeting held in December at the Theatre”.

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