MORPETH visitors will have more options to spend a penny or two in a new a local loo scheme.
Morpeth Town Council has teamed up with businesses to provide more access to clean, safe toilets for visitors, shoppers and revellers.
The scheme has been launched to add to the public toilets already available in the bus station, Carlisle Park and The Terrace due to their limited opening hours.
Now restaurants, pubs and shops are being encouraged to offer the use of their toilets free of charge during their normal opening hours.
The incentive is that once people visit the premises they may stay or return to spend a bit more than a penny.
One of the first to sign up to the scheme is April Atkinson, who owns La Bodega tapas bar in Newgate Street.
She said: “I think it is an excellent idea, especially for example if a father was out with his young daughter and didn’t want to send her into a public loo alone, or if someone was out for a stroll on an evening and needed to use the facilities.
“Hopefully, once they enter my premises they will also appreciate the atmosphere, food and drink we have on offer and may return as a customer.
“This scheme will raise the town’s image and attract potential new customers.”
Any businesses taking part in the initiative will display stickers in their windows and leaflets will be produced to show where they are located.
However, businesses still have the right to refuse admission to their premises to anyone whose behaviour is deemed unacceptable or to certain individuals, such as unaccompanied under-18s wishing to gain access to pubs or clubs.
Morpeth Mayor Phil Taylor said: “We want to provide our shoppers and visitors with good quality toilets in Morpeth.
“This local loo scheme is a fantastic example of the town council and local businesses working together to make Morpeth a better place to live and visit.
“I hope many more businesses will come on board and make their facilities available for the public to use.
“We will continue to provide public toilets in the town, but this scheme will increase the number of toilets available for use and they will be open for longer.”
Any businesses wishing to join the scheme should contact Morpeth Town Council Deputy Clerk Angela Logan on 01670 514314, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org