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 and works to install it are currently underway. The unit is due to arrive on 30 July; however, electrical and water connections will need to be completed.
The decision to spend funds on a public toilet in the town centre were a result of the independent survey.
Conducted both as a doorstep survey and as an online self-completion survey, it 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 will be positioned in the southern area of the town centre, near to Waitrose car park.
Full details of the survey can be accessed on the Woodley Town Council website: www.woodley.gov.uk