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Following the 2015 Woodley Resident’s Survey, conducted by HMR, an independent research and consultancy service, Woodley Town Council has responded to local resident requests for a public toilet fitting one in the town centre in June 2019.
The decision to spend funds on a public toilet in the town centre were as a result of the independent survey. Conducted both as a doorstep survey and as an online self-completion survey, received feedback from over 924 local residents, and 18 users of Woodley facilities who did not live in Woodley. Over 60% of respondents wanted a public toilet to be provided.
62.9% asked for a public toilet in Woodley, 29.8% said no and 7.3% responded with ‘don’t know’.
Comments made during the survey were frequently based on people’s feelings about the needs of people with health conditions, disabilities, or people with young children who needed to have easy access to a toilet.
While Woodley Town Council is aware that the installation of the toilet will not please everyone, its responsibility is to the local residents and, in this case, the majority of residents requested a toilet.
The public toilet is positioned in the southern area of the town centre, near to Waitrose car park, and costs 20p to use. It is open daily 06.00-19.00.