Lobbying council to spend a penny on loos

Petitions have been started and a flurry of people have filled in online surveys due to the council’s reluctance to spend a penny on the provision of public toilets.

It is particularly in support of the conveniences at Sandsend - one is on the A174 near the doctor’s surgery and the other is at the car park next to Wits End Cafe.

The toilets are currently being managed by the borough council but are being offered to Lythe Parish Council to take over.

If the parish council is unable to operate them then the future of the toilets at Sandsend is uncertain.

In a consultation document the council says: “The provision of public convenience is a non-statutory function for local authorities. However, Scarborough Borough Council recognises the importance of good public space management and the benefits such facilities can bring to an area.

“This recognition needs to be placed in the context of decreasing budgets and consideration given to alternative methods of service provision.”

However, there is planety of public backing for the faciiity from both locals and regular visitors to the area.

The Hart Inn pub has a petition at the bar for customers to add their signatures to and has set up an online petition on www.change.org. At the time of going to press there were 181 names added.

Penelope Cockill of Briggswath said: “Where will all the hundreds of people go? Not fair to the cafes and pub. We need these facilities in a village that is busy all year round.”

Rachel Anderton from Silsden in West Yorkshire has been making use of the facilities for years.

She said: “After the long walk from Sansend to Whitby and back I have on many occasion needed to use these toilets over a period of 50 years along with children who have been with me.”

Other public toilets being offered to parish councils are Abbey headland, Whitby beach and West Cliff, Lealholm, Robin Hood’s Bay, Runswick Bay bank top and bottom and Staithes bank bottom and top car park.