VANDALISM at public toilets has left a Herefordshire town questioning whether charging people will still be worthwhile.

Councillor Louis Stark said at this month's Ross-on-Wye Town Council meeting that he was concerned with the money that had been spent by the council after vandalism, a criminal offence, at the Red Meadow car park toilets.

The town council currently charges to use these public toilets, with a 20p fee introduced in 2018 to help pay for upkeep and maintenance.


But that charge could soon be ditched by councillors.

The charging machine had previously been broken and there had been issues with the locks too, Coun Stark said.

He asked other councillors whether it still made business sense to charge for use of the toilets, given the cost of fixing this and the loss of revenue caused by the broken machine, he said.

"They aren't looking as good as they were beforehand," said Coun Stark.


In its annual budget, Ross-on-Wye Town Council expected to make £7,800 on the public toilets this financial year, but looked to spend £12,900 to keep them going, therefore losing £5,100.

It was decided this issue would be reviewed by the finance and property committee at its next meeting.