New revamped loos are now open to the public at Plymouth City Market.
Plymouth City Council has invested over £80,000 in transforming the dated facilities to make them more attractive and bring them up to date.
The 10-week project involved installing new drainage systems, new walls and floors, as well as lower ceilings, lighting, new cubicles, urinals, sinks and hand dryers.
The rather unappealing strip lighting has gone and the cubicles reconfigured so that the male and female areas both have facilities for people with disabilities. There are also baby changing facilities.
Assistant manager at Plymouth City Market Robert Hambridge said: “We are really pleased with how the toilets look now as the improvements are something we have wanted to do for a long time.
“The old toilets needed serious investment and we would like to thank the stall holders and shoppers for their patience while the refurbishment was taking place. We hope they will agree it was worth it.”
Councillor Mark Lowry, Cabinet Member for Assets and city centre champion, said: “We pledged to overhaul our public toilets and the ones at the market are a key site.”
Earlier this year we also launched our ‘Plan for the City Centre’ which looks at how this crucial heart of the city can remain attractive to shoppers and visitors, he said.
And he added: “The market is a vital part of the mix that brings people into the city day in, day out and if people have not been for a while, they should pop in – it’s got some great quality stalls and produce.”
City Centre Manager, Stefan Krause, added: “The new re-vamped toilets in the market are another step towards providing a better customer experience for those visiting the market, which is a priority in our BID plan. As well as the toilets we have opened up a City Centre Company pop-up shop in the market to help support the market traders.
“Moving forward, through the City Centre BID proposal we would like to invest more into the market to become more of an attraction to visitors to the West End.”
This is the third set of toilets to be given extensive refurbishment this year.
In April new toilets were built at Elphinstone Car Park on the Barbican for water users and visitors. A harbour-master’s office and bin storage area for businesses at Commercial Wharf was also included in the scheme.
In June another set of toilets were opened on Sutton Harbour Quay to replace the out-of-date block opposite the Tourist Information Centre.