A number of public toilets across Tendring are to be refurbished by reducing the overall number that will be kept open.
Tendring District Council is to close ten public conveniences across the area – some 25 per cent of its existing stock of 40 sites.
The move will save £60,000 in this financial year and then £100,000 a year from 2019/2020 onwards.
The Council has also saved £20,000 a year by taking the cleaning contract back in house.
TDC will be happy to speak to any Town or Parish Council, groups, organisations or residents’ associations who may want to take over and operate any of the locations provided they can show they will retain them as toilets.
Some of those sites that will remain are to be refurbished in a rolling programme of upgrades.
Nick Turner, TDC’s Cabinet Member Commercialisation, Seafront and Parking, said that a comprehensive review had taken place of all the buildings and a strategy put together on the way forward.
“No Councillor likes losing a facility in their ward – no matter how poor that facility is or how much it is abused,” he said.
“However, it is not just the closing of a public convenience that provides the saving but the complete removal of that facility – either by selling ore demolishing – that provides the reduction in costs.
“The strategy is a way of making future much-needed savings but I see no reason why we will not be able to maintain and enhance the quality and quantity of those conveniences for our residents and visitors.”
Cllr Turner added that one way of providing new facilities will be by involving the private sector and developers.
Those who want to put up developments in Tendring will be asked to provide public toilets at no cost to residents.