COUNCILLORS have agreed to hire in portable public toilet facilities which will be used later in the year for Wellington Carnival.

Wellington Town Council received a request from the organising carnival committee asking about vital loos for the big day on September 28, with the toilet block at Longforth Road still yet to be rebuilt.

Thousands will descend on the town for the carnival and organisers are planning on having two portable toilets placed at Rockwell Green where the procession lines up, one toilet at Coxes Corner where the carts are broken down in readiness for transporting home and a further three loos, plus a disabled toilet, at Longforth Road.

Although costs for the hire and transportation of the toilets have yet to be fully established, members of the town council’s policy and finance committee heard at their meeting on July 8 that it could be around £950 once VAT has been added on.

Andy Thorne, of Wellington Carnival, asked the council if it would fund the hiring of the loos at Longforth Road in lieu of the fact that the authority’s public toilets are currently non-existent.

Councillors agreed to make £378 available for the hired-in toilets for Longforth Road and to make a contribution to the transportation costs.

The council’s economic development committee agreed on Wednesday (July 10) for up to £500 to be spent on a reception to be hosted by the Mayor, Cllr Janet Lloyd, in the community centre on carnival night for visiting dignitaries and special guests.