The Khyber Pass public toilets in Whitby are to be closed down and sold off by the borough council.
It was agreed by senior members at the borough council’s Cabinet meeting last Tuesday.
The move is part of an overhaul of toilet provision across the borough in a bid to save money on a service which the authority is under no legal obligation to provide.
A marketing budget has been set aside for the disposal of the building, which is in a dilapidated state and the subject of structural inspections.
The council has confirmed, however, that the toilets should remain open for the summer season and until a new replacement public convenience has been built.
This is set to be at the Shellfish Holding Building on Pier Road.
At the same meeting councillors approved a scheme should go ahead to extend the building and create a pay on entry public toilet, using funds from capital resources.
The go-ahead has also been given for an architect to put together plans and obtain planning permission and for officers to put out a tender for the contract.
A council spokesperson said: “The council will be undertaking the development of a new public convenience at financial risk as the new facility will need to be completed prior to obtaining a capital receipt for the freehold disposal of the existing Khyber Pass toilets.
“A further report will be presented to Cabinet/Council for final approval of the proposals following completion of the marketing campaign for the sale of the existing site, and the planning application and tender exercise for the new public convenience facility.”
Turnstyle and pay on entry facilities are in the pipeline for New Quay Road toilets and the idea is also being mooted for the public toilets at the Marine, Market Place and Robin Hood’s Bay.
The public toilets in many of Whitby’s outlying villages such as Sandsend, Hinderwell, Lythe, Runswick and Staithes, for example, are being offered out to parish councils to take over the running of.
If parish councils don’t take them on the borough council has said many face closure as it can’t afford to run them.