Public toilets in Reading are at risk of closure, with the council preparing a review of all 16 loos in the town.

Reading Borough Council’s (RBC) draft budget for 2019/20 states that ‘closure of a number of public conveniences following review’ will raise £50,000.

The council needs to make savings of more than £30m over the next three years to balance its budget and plans to do so with a mix of efficiency savings, service reductions, income generation and ‘invest to save’ initiatives.

A council spokesman said: “The Council’s Building Cleaning Service has undergone a major service review and a significant saving has been delivered without the need to close any public convenience provision to date.

“However, it is timely that the current provision is reviewed, examining costs, usage and the options for an alternative provision. This review will commence in 19/20.

“No decision will be taken until the review is complete and an assessment made in relation to the impact of any closures on the community.”

RBC will have had its central government funding cut by £58m by 2020.

The closure of toilets is called an ‘efficiency saving’ in the draft budget but would mean a cut to an important public service.

Full council will meet on Tuesday, February 26, to discuss and vote on the draft budget for 2019/20 and the Medium Term Financial Strategy to 2022.

Reading’s public conveniences are based at: Albert Road recreation ground, Caversham Court, Cemetery Junction, Christchurch Meadows, Cintra Park, Forbury Gardens, Kentwood Hill, Northumberland Avenue, Oxford Rd, Prospect Park, Reading Crematorium, St Martin’s Precinct, Thameside Prom, The Meadway, Hosier St and Whitley Street.