Malmesbury Mayor Campbell Ritchie and BBC Wiltshire star presenter Ben Prater ceremonially cut a ribbon of toilet paper to declare Malmesbury’s new public toilets open on Friday 14th August.
The opening ceremony was celebrated by an enthusiastic and socially distanced crowd.
The two unisex toilets, one specially designed for people with disabilities and including baby changing facilities, are located by the Town Hall in Malmesbury Town Centre and will initially be open from 7am to 7pm seven days a week. They are free to use.
Campbell said: ‘We have known for a long time that we should have modern, accessible toilet facilities in the heart of the town. The new toilets add to a long list of Malmesbury firsts. We are not only England’s oldest borough and the place where the first human flight took place; we now have the first public toilets in the UK designed with COVID 19 in mind. They are as touch free as possible.
This has been a challenging project. We have succeeded in converting a redundant part of a listed building into a really useful asset. We owe thanks to those who have helped fund the project, the European Union Fund in support of the Rural Economy, which we accessed through Vale Action and the Area Board of Wiltshire Council, our build team from Hi-Tec, led by Managing Director, Ramon Bunce and our Town Clerk, Richard Spencer-Williams who has managed the works required on behalf of Malmesbury Town Council.
We are especially grateful to Ben Prater joining us in the opening ceremony. Obviously we went with the flow but in the end we were quite flushed by success.
Very importantly our new toilets will encourage more residents and visitors to come and stay longer in the town centre which is important for our community and economy.'