THREE of the new toilet blocks providing more modern facilities in Fenland’s four market towns were opened just in time for the Jubilee celebrations.
Councillor Peter Murphy, Fenland District Council’s portfolio holder responsible for the environment, cut the ribbon outside the first, in Furrowfields, Chatteris, on Tuesday [May 29].
Those in Broad Street, March, and Church Terrace, Wisbech, followed later in the week, with the fourth, in Whittlesey, due to be ready in July.
Cllr Murphy was joined at the opening ceremony in Chatteris by Fenland Council leader Councillor Alan Melton, Chatteris Mayor John Chambers and staff from the council’s Street Cleansing and Street Scene teams.
Cllr Murphy said: “These clean, modern toilets provide much better facilities both for residents and visitors while also cutting the annual costs of upkeep.
“Between them, they will save the council £60,000 each year and significantly reduce the amount of time that staff spend maintaining them.”
Cllr Melton added: “In these challenging financial times we have to make difficult but important decisions about which services to continue to support. As a council we are committed to maintaining frontline services through adopting best practice and modern working methods.
“We’re all about making Fenland fit for the future and these improvements are part of that. The investment we have made in them will preserve excellent services at a reduced cost to Council Tax payers in the future.
“Over the past year our cleansing, refuse and recycling teams have moved to longer days and shift patterns which will save us more than £200,000 each year, while also maintaining the high quality service they deliver.”