The Public Facilities Grant Scheme was set up a year ago to create more free-to-use public toilets in Wales and improve washroom facilities. The Welsh Assembly Government initiative offers organisations grants of up to £500 in exchange for opening their facilities for use by the general public.
“This scheme benefits both local organisations and the public” said the Minister.
“People have better access to free toilets whilst businesses and other bodies receive cash to help them keep their facilities up to scratch. It can also lead to an increase in the number of customers that scheme participants may not have otherwise enjoyed.”
Petrol stations, shops, and cafes are just some of the businesses which have already taken advantage of the initiative. Other participants include the Cambrian Woollen Mill in Powys and Llys Nini Animal Centre in Swansea. The scheme has been particularly popular in Gwynedd with 27 organisations signing up to the scheme.
After the success of this first year the Minister said that he would like to see more organisations joining the scheme.
“I am pleased that there has been a great response to the scheme. More than 130 organisations are already taking part and I hope many more will sign up.”
Organisations are advised to contact their local authorities for more information on the scheme.