Plans afoot to stop you being caught short

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Councillors are looking into ways to stop shoppers being caught short in the town centre at weekends and over bank holiday periods.

The Amber Valley Access Group, which campaigns for better access for disabled people, contacted Belper Town Council to ask if the public toilets behind the Co-op in King Street, Belper, could be opened more often.

The move came after the organisation received a number of compaints from members about the toilets being closed.

Keith Boot, chairman of the group, said: “It has been reported that the public toilets behind the Co-op were closed from December24 to January 5.

“We presume this will have been because of the holiday period.”

He asked whether it would be possible for the council to consider having a timing deveice that locks and unlocks the toilets without having to be staffed, like the scheme currently operating in Ripley town centre at the moment.

Roz Bullimore, clerk to Belper Town Council, said the council was currently in the process of getting quotations from different companies with regards to managing the toilets.

She added: “At the moment our staff work Monday to Friday and we have only got three staff so it’s not fair to ask them to work every weekend.”

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