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Gritting cutbacks pay for toilets
The budget for salting and gritting roads in the Solihull area during cold weather is being cut to pay for some town centre toilets to reopen.

Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council this year agreed to close two of the eight town centre public toilets it runs as part of a scheme to save 7m.

Now the Mell Square facility has opened again - temporarily for six months.

Residents are being asked for their views as part of a review of the provision of toilets in the borough.

'No extra money'

The council's leader, Councillor Ted Richards, said: "There are at least seven public toilets in the heart of the town centre which are run by the council and all are free of charge.

"There are also six other facilities, either run by retailers or our partners in and around the town centre.

"Despite the fact that there are lots of alternative toilets in the town centre, as borne out by (a Disabled People's Network's study, people have expressed their unhappiness at the decision to close some of our toilets.

"We have listened to them, but at the same time, we must be clear - there is no extra money to do this.

"Reopening Mell Square toilets temporarily for six months will mean us making cuts from our winter maintenance budget, which pays for salting and road gritting in the bad weather."




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