£70,000 investment to refurbish city centre toilets

City of York Council is investing £70,000 to refurbish Silver Street and Coppergate public toilets in York’s city centre – with the works starting next week.

Works to update the Silver Street facilities will start on Monday 5 November. They are expected to take around two weeks to complete – ahead of the lead up to the Christmas festivities and St Nicholas Fair.

The refurbishment will be carried out in stages, once Silver St is completed, works will then start on Coppergate. The disabled toilets (changing places) and market traders’ toilets at Silver Street will be refurbished first, followed by other facilities. There will be a full closure of Silver Street from Monday 5 November for two weeks.

There will be signage in place signposting visitors to alternative city centre facilities, which include Coppergate, Exhibition Square and Rougier Street.

The work will be managed by Healthmatic, the council’s toilet management contractor, who will be investing their money and time in the sites as well.

Cllr Andrew Waller, Executive Member for the Environment, said: “This is a long awaited refurbishment so we are pleased to be investing in Silver St and Coppergate toilets, to provide much better facilities for our residents and tourists.

“We know from feedback from visitors that the facilities were looking worn and damaged.

“We’ve purposely planned the refurbishment so that Silver Street reopens ahead of the lead up to the Christmas festivities, so there is as little impact for visitors as possible.”

The main changes will see a complete redecoration to all facilities; the self flushing/revolving toilets will be removed and replaced with standard cubicles.  The baby changing facility will also be relocated, so that facilities are made available in both the male and female toilets.

Works on the Coppergate toilets are expected to take place in November and December.

For more information about York’s public toilets visit: www.york.gov.uk/PublicToilets

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