Proposals which could see changes to the way some of West Norfolk’s public toilets are run will go out for consultation.
A working party of West Norfolk councillors has carried out a review into the 22 council-owned toilets which could see some closed, potential charges imposed at others or changes in management.
The review is part of a cost-cutting exercise which could save the council between £30,000 and £60,000.
Members of the borough’s environment and community committee on Wednesday agreed to obtain feedback from parish and town councils before any final decision is made and changes are unlikely to come into force until April 2018.
A report to the committee said it costs the council £374,000 a year to run the toilets.
One of the recommendations is to close the block in Lynn’s Ferry Lane for a trial period of two months from Mondays to Fridays, with the Corn Exchange as an alternative.
The block would, however, be open at weekends and for events. Another consideration is the full closure of the toilets in Helena Anderson Court, Gaywood, for a six-month trial period. Alternative toilets to be available at the library in River Lane.
Adrian Lawrence, borough council cabinet member, told Your Local Paper this block was often vandalised.
Other recommendations include asking parish/town councils or other parties to take on responsibility for toilets in Heacham, Old Hunstanton, Holme, Burnham Market and Downham Market.
The report also includes the potential of leasing toilets at Seagate and Hunstanton’s Central Promenade to a private contractor, who could then charge for admission.
“If it is proved to work, it would save the tax payer around £30,000 to £60,000,” Mr Lawrence said yesterday.
“It would take up to 12 months for the consultation, or could be sooner, but if it goes ahead it would be put in place for nearer 2018,” he added.