Multi-agency approach needed for Bath Road toilets
The Bath Road car park accessible unisex toilet equipped with baby changing is a popular public convenience in the town. In recent months there have been reports of some anti-social behaviour taking place in the area and the toilet facility itself.
In response to this Chippenham Town Council are proactively working with Chippenham BID, Wiltshire Council, Turning Point and Wiltshire Police to put measures in place to help prevent this behaviour. In the next few weeks a payment system will be installed which will require 20p to use the toilet facility. There will also be a sharps collection scheme where used needles can be placed in a safe and secure way and will be emptied on a regular basis.
New signage will be placed on site which will include contact information for the local agencies and Councils for any issues to be reported and for support and advice. We hope this will alert those in the area that local authorities are aware of the anti-social behaviour and are keen to stop it from continuing whilst reassuring others that prevention methods are in place.
The area is patrolled regularly by the Town Hosts, Night Marshals and Police Community Support Officers, the mobile CCTV unit is based in the area and substance misuse outreach workers visit the area to offer support and advice to those who may need it.
Wiltshire Council own the toilet block, the recent renovation works have been funded by Chippenham BID and it is managed by Chippenham Town Council.
Councillor Sandie Webb, Leader of the Council said;
“We would like to re-assure the general public that we are aware of recent issues at the Bath Road toilet facility and we are working closely with other agencies to ensure they are a safe and clean place.”
Kathryn Crosweller, Office Manager at Chippenham BID said;
“Chippenham BID wants to see people enjoying the town without having to rush home because there aren’t enough public toilets for them to use. Our Town Hosts and Night Marshals visit the Bath Road car park and toilets regularly as they are an important gateway to the town and a valuable resource for the community. We are pleased to be able to work in partnership with the other agencies in the town to help keep the toilets safe and clean for the benefit of everyone who uses them.”