It is tempting for a local authority to close a public convenience provision because it costs too much for the day to day maintenance of toilets. In these tough economic times budget cutbacks are good excuses for a shut-down – so credit is due a council near Edinburgh for modernising, not closing, their WC’s. In a statement justifying its upgrade of toilet facilities, the East Lothian Council said: "East Lothian is held in high regard for its award-winning public toilets service."
Carpark Barriers & Turnstiles’ varied range of toilet turnstiles helps solve the twin problems of access and revenue. They money they raise goes towards cleaning and upkeep of the public convenience, with the added benefit of preventing people from wandering into the toilets as they now have to pay to get in, or "spend a penny". The turnstile bodies have lockable lids to prevent unwanted access and are securely mounted to the floor plate. The coin mechanism can be programmed for virtually any combination of coins with a secure cash box to hold the coins.