RESIDENTS are being asked to give their views on a strategy for public toilets across Flintshire.

By law, councils do not have to provide and maintain public toilets directly. They must, however, take a strategic view on how facilities can be provided and accessed, taking account of such things as location, accessibility, facilities, frequency of use and quality of existing sites, as well as determining whether additional or fewer sites are required by their local population.

A draft toilet strategy for 2019 available on Flintshire Council’s website explains: “Toilets for public use matter to everybody who goes ‘away from home’ for some reason and remain a high-profile issue.

“They are, however, even more important to certain groups within society, including older people, people with disabilities, people with particular needs (including certain medical problems), women, children and young people and their families.

“These groups can be disproportionately affected by poor provision; for example, poor provision is understood to have particular negative impacts on older people, as some may be less likely to leave their homes without having confidence that adequate facilities will be available to them.

“This can contribute to increased social isolation and inactivity.”

The closing date for feedback is Friday, April 26.