PUBLIC toilets could reopen on Maghull’s Central Square if the tenants were to unanimously agree to pay for the facility.
The shopping centre’s management company, London & Cambridge said that reopening the toilets would lead to an additional service charge to the occupying tenants and this would be a “significant cost.”
The company said if tenants agree to pay for the cleaning and maintenance of the toilets, “we would do our best to facilitate this.”
MP Bill Esterson has also written to Sefton Council, to ask if the council can work with London and Cambridge to provide the toilets.
The Sefton Central MP said: “The lack of public toilets at Maghull Square is something that is often raised with me by residents and it is something people want to see.
“Many people use the toilets at Costa Coffee but this is unsatisfactory.
“The lack of public toilets is a real problem especially for older and disabled shoppers and ultimately means people spend less time and money in the shops which loses them trade.
“I asked London and Cambridge about the toilets and they said the running costs would be a problem for them, even if they could afford to build new toilets.
“I have approached Sefton Council even though Maghull Square is privately owned in the hope that the council and the private owners between them can do something.
“But as we all know, the government has slashed council budgets since 2010 and the availability of public toilets has reduced enormously, so I understand that this is not straightforward.
“It seems to me that a shopping area the size of Maghull should have public toilets and that having them would help the shops and shoppers alike.
“That’s why, I shall be contacting the owners of the shops to ask them to consider whether toilet facilities are something they can contribute towards.
“The improvement to the car park is a huge boost to the Square and I thank the management company for delivering this. Having public toilets available would be an even greater improvement.”
A spokesman for LCP said: “The security, cleaning and maintenance of any new toilet facilities would have to be paid for via an additional service charge to the occupying tenants and we believe this would be a significant cost.
“We don’t wish to negatively impact our tenants at Maghull Square, especially given the challenges many have faced over the past 16 months with the Covid-19 pandemic.
“However, if the tenants were to unanimously agree to paying for public toilets, we would do our best to facilitate this.”