A clean future is assured for the now noteworthy public conveniences in the centre of Longridge following the signing of a 10-month contract.
Grimsargh firm Doublcheck Cleaning has taken on the job of looking after the three loos in Berry Lane for the next 10 months after director Graham Coulston-Hermann met with Coun Rose Adamson and acting town council clerk Steve Barsby.
The company’s official start was last Saturday when it took over from temporary cleaner Teresa Gethings, to whom the town council decided to send a letter thanking her for her commitment to the job since the toilets were re-opened in June.
Doublcheck Cleaning will now clean and make secure the building on Saturday and Sunday evenings for the agreed price of £103.92 plus VAT per calendar month.
At the meeting, Coun Adamson confirmed that it was not necessary for the toilets to be open beyond 5pm. The actual closing time would be at the discretion of Doublcheck’s operational demands, but would not in any event be before 5pm.
For additional opening days such as bank holidays and other special dates, the firm would give further quotes for cleaning and security. The full contract will run from August 2013 to July 31 2014, with a review of the operation taking place in May or June that year.
It was also clarified at the meeting that Doublcheck Cleaning would report any issues relating to the condition of the premises to the town clerk, who would liaise as appropriate with the borough council. If safety was an issue, the toilets would be closed until remedial work had been carried out.
The closure of Berry Lane conveniences over a year ago, after the launch of the borough’s Community Toilet Scheme, resulted in a campaign to re-open what was considered a vital facility in the town centre.