WORK on a total refurb of a set of public toilets in Malvern has been given the go-ahead.

The toilets in Grange Road were identified by Malvern Hills District Council as in need of improvement.

Because of this, the council has decided to make improving the site the first stage in a wider £200,000 programme to improve five sets of toilets in the town by 2025.

At this week's Executive Committee meeting (January 18), councillors approved the plans, which include making the toilet block more eco-friendly.

A number of improvements are planned, including: solar roof tiles, low-flush toilets, LED lighting, new tiling, window repair and replacement and improved disabled facilities.

Cllr Peter Whatley, portfolio holder for resources at Malvern Hills District Council said: "The public toilets were last refurbished over 15 years ago and as one of the highest used toilet facilities the refurbishment in Grange Road is a priority.

"Making eco-friendly improvements and reducing the usage of water and electricity will also have a valuable impact on the environment, so we are really looking forward to getting the project started."

The aim of the work is to improve the provision of public toilets in the town by 2025 and to bring them in line with the council's climate goals.

This involves refurbishing them and introducing measures to make them more energy efficient.

It is earmarked as part of the council's Five Year Plan, which was approved in January last year.

Tackling loneliness, supporting those in poverty and revamping the council’s youth plan to make sure it meets the needs of the district’s young people post Covid-19 are included in the plan as well as bringing forward new housing sites and a renewed commitment to tackling rough sleeping.

The full Executive Committee meeting can be viewed online via the Malvern Hills District Council YouTube page.