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Author Topic: £20,000 for Adopt-a-Street and community toilet schemes  (Read 1360 times)
RBWM Press Release
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« on: June 17, 2011, 12:38:48 PM »

The Adopt-a-Street and community toilets schemes are in line for a Council cash injection of £20,000.

A report to Cabinet, meeting on Monday 27 June, proposes that each should benefit from £10,000 to help them expand across the borough by encouraging more participation as part of the Big Society.

Adopt-a-Street means that communities can work together with the Council to care for their environment and help keep the borough clean and tidy. It encourages residents, shops, businesses, clubs, organisations and schools to care for their ‘adopted’ areas and streets by collecting litter and taking part in community clean-ups.

Launched in 2009, it now has almost 70 residents, 10 schools, two businesses, a youth club, a guide unit, a neighbourhood watch scheme and a community group. All are given free training and equipment such as litter pickers, bags and gloves.

The community toilet scheme, also started in 2009, urges businesses to allow the public to use their loos free of charge. This not only provides a valuable public service but also encourages more people into shops, pubs and restaurants where they may spend more than a penny, providing much-needed support for the local economy.

Businesses are paid between £100 and £300 to help cover the costs of cleaning and servicing, depending on the size of the toilets, and all are easily identifiable by a distinctive badge to let people know they are free to use the toilets and baby changing facilities. So far about 10 businesses in Windsor and Eton have signed up, with five more wanting to join.  In Maidenhead some 10 businesses have expressed an interest.

Cllr Christine Bateson, Cabinet Member for Planning and Partnerships, said: “Both these schemes epitomise the community involvement at the heart of the Big Society and I am delighted that we look set to benefit from this very welcome funding boost

“The money, which will come from existing budgets, will enable us to promote both schemes more widely and encourage more people to step up and be actively engaged in making their communities better places for everyone.”
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