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Ten city toilet blocks could shut

Shops may be asked to open up their toilets to the public

Oxford City Council is asking people which public toilets they have used in the past year, as part of their plans to shut up to 10 public loos.

The council spends more than £300,000 a year running 26 toilets and said it needs to save money and make improvements to the remaining ones.

A consultation has begun to find out what people think about the plans.

Proposals include asking businesses to open up their toilets, automatic loos or charging for the public ones.

Councillor John Tanner: "Lots of people have already told us what they think but it is important that everyone has their say about conveniences in the city.

"We need to make a big saving in the public toilets budget but we are determined to provide residents and visitors to Oxford with a good standard of comfortable public loos.

"We want to hear from residents about the quality of the existing toilet facilities in the city and whether they have used them in the last 12 months."

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