Dozens of public toilets could be ran by parish councils in money saving bid

DOZENS of public toilets along the Yorkshire coast could be taken over by parish and town councils in a bid to save money.

The authority runs public toilets in Whitby, pictured.
The authority runs public toilets in Whitby, pictured.

Scarborough Council, which runs 38 public conveniences across 45 miles of Yorkshire Coastline, including in Filey, Scarborough and Whitby, warns that if agreement is not reached with the local councils some toilets face closure. The warning comes in the wake of a recent national survey which ranked the borough as second only to London in the tourist popularity stakes.

Nick Edwards, the authority’s director of business services, states in a report to its Cabinet: “The council is facing significant budget pressures and an approach which encourages partnership working, direct charging and private sector funding of toilets must now be utilised to provide public toilets.”

He said talks are underway with local councils to take over the toilets as part of a five year plan. “Significant investment” is needed to bring some of the toilets up to an acceptable standard.

The report said: “Providing public conveniences is a non-statutory function for local authorities. However Scarborough Council recognises the importance they have for the area.”

Talks have been held with several parish councils in the North York Moors National Park as well as Whitby and Filey town councils.

The council has just agreed to have the toilet block at Khyber Pass Whitby redeveloped, and for a new complex to be built on the harbourside.

The cabinet, at its meeting next Tuesday, is recommended to approve the new plan. If agreed, it should be complete by next April.