Public toilets to reopen in North Staffordshire – with a one-in-one-out system and regular cleaning


Public toilets are reopening around the Moorlands today (Monday, June 15) and will be cleaned more often to coincide with the reopening of many non-essential shops.

Extra cleaning for car parking ticket machines is also being introduced by Staffordshire Moorlands District Council to help ensure public safety and support the local economy.

Most public toilets in the area will have a one-in-one-out system and will have to close completely while they are cleaned. Toilet opening hours may need to be reduced.

Council Leader Councillor Sybil Ralphs, said: “With more of our shops, markets and businesses opening up again the council is working to put in place measures to ensure people can return to our towns and villages with confidence that it is safe to do so.

“That will mean some changes to town centres and to how shops and business operate so that the necessary social distancing, and other safety measures, can be observed to protect everyone.

Silk Street public toilets

“We’re further supporting our local economy by beginning to open up the facilities which an increased number of people in towns will require, such as public toilets, and we’re looking forward to welcoming people back.

Public toilets reopening in the Moorlands today include those at the Bus Hub in Biddulph, Tape Street in Cheadle and Silk Street in Leek, alongside some facilities at visitor sites including Milldale, Wetton and the toilets at the start of the Manifold Valley Track in Hulme End.

The Archer Fairs Licensed market was due to return to Leek on Saturday, with the Charter Market back from Wednesday, June 17. In Cheadle, the market at Greyhound Walk will start again from Friday, June 19.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council is working with the Chambers of Commerce, Growth Hub and Destination Staffordshire to support businesses with advice, training and funding to help them to re-open.

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To date the council has paid small business and retail, hospitality and leisure grants totalling £20.6 million to more than 1,800 Staffordshire Moorland businesses – around 91% of those eligible to apply.

A Discretionary Business Grant scheme to support businesses with ongoing fixed property costs who weren’t eligible for the earlier grants is also now open and the district council has received more than 60 applications. The deadline for applications is Tuesday, June 16 and businesses can apply online via the council’s website.

Councillor Ralphs added: “I would strongly urge people to behave responsibly when they are out and about by staying two metres apart and following the specific requirements of any shops or amenities they visit. That way, we can all stay safe as we gradually begin to return to those activities we enjoyed before lockdown.”





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