Upcoming Merseyside VCF Sector and PCC Network event and Sefton Council consultation

Next Merseyside VCF Sector and PCC Network event takes place on; Wednesday 30th January at 10.30am-12.30pm

In Forum Housing Association, 2nd Floor, 84 Market Street, Birkenhead, Wirral, CH41 6HB

If you would like to attend, please reply to this email or contact me on the phone number below. An agenda is currently being drafted but if you would like to raise a specific issue, please feel free to contact us.

For more information on the network, please contact Paula Atherton on paula.atherton@seftoncvs.org.uk or telephone 0151 530 4345.

Proposed Closure of All Public Conveniences in Sefton

At the Cabinet Meeting of the 13th December 2012, Sefton Council considered an option to close all public toilets in Sefton. The Council decided that it needed to further engage the community on the proposed charges before it can make a decision. Therefore, Sefton MBC has created an online consultation and would like community groups and members of the public to respond before 1st February.

Attendants were removed from toilets last year as part of the Council’s savings proposals. The toilets are currently cleaned by the Cleansing Services Rapid Response Team. Savings identified in previous years has reduced the cost of the service by £92,000 per year.

Sefton Council currently operates several public toilets across the borough. These are located at:


Eastbank Street (pay-to-use)

Hill Street (pay-to-use)

Promenade (pay-to-use)

Hesketh Park (free-to-use)



Botanic Gardens (free-to-use)

Preston New Road (free-to-use)


And at:

Burbo Bank, Blundellsands (pay-to-use)

Leighton Avenue, Maghull (free-to-use)

Moor Lane, Crosby (free-to-use)

Shore Road, Ainsdale (free-to-use)

South Road, Waterloo (pay-to-use)

To save the council £52,000, it is proposed to close all public conveniences across the borough, and cease to provide the service.

The questions they are asking the public are:

1.       Do you agree with closing all public conveniences within the borough to save money?

2.       If you answered no, please explain why?

3.       Would you be prepared to pay to use all of these facilities? If so, how much?

a)      Not at all

b)      Up to 30p

c)       Up to 40p

d)      Up to 50p

4.       Would you be prepared to use toilets in cafes, restaurants and other buildings if the council can negotiate this with local businesses?

5.       What ways do you think the council can reduce the impact of this proposed change?

The direct link to the online consultation is https://www.engagespace.co.uk/sefton/consultation_Dtl.aspx?consult_Id=801

The deadline for responses is Friday 1st February 2013.

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