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Cleaners will be part-time

By Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: February 19, 2014

By Leslie Jackson

  • Leek's main toilets in Silk Street

  • Cheadle's main toilets premises which are situated on the town's main car park

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CLEANERS are to be employed at public toilets twice a day instead of full-time attendants.

Staffordshire Moorlands District Council currently has a contract with Derbyshire County Council for full-time attendants to cover toilets in Leek, Cheadle and Biddulph, at a cost of £150,000 a year.

The district council's cabinet yesterday, Tuesday, broadly backed recommendations by a working group.

Now cleaners will be employed twice a day for two three hour shifts at each site.

This is expected to save £60,000 a year – rather than £100,000 under a previous recommendation.

Councillor Arthur Forrester, who has the responsibility for environment of the district council, said: "We have decided to have cleaners twice a day on three hour shifts.

"This will allow a good standard of toilets to be maintained in all three towns and still save more than £60,000."

The working group had also recommended that the trestle market in Leek is used for more events and that the council works in partnership with the town council for the co-ordination of events.

The ruling cabinet at its meeting yesterday, however, decided not to work with Leek Town Council as it was agreed it was a district council project to make the market more viable. It has also been recommended that a meeting takes place between officers and the owners of Leek Auctions Ltd to discuss future options for the area.

Mr Shaw said: "It is recommended that the trestle market in Leek is promoted to stage more events. This happened years ago, but it was lost.

"We are also recommending that the Leek Cattle Market lease is looked at.

"The cattle market is exceptionally well attended.

"The time is right to discuss the issue of future auctions."

However, he said this could depend on the Cornhill development which involves the creation of houses and factory units, on land behind the former Britannia building in Cheadle Road.

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