Parish council to take over Bay loos

Graham Irving and Jane Mortimer outside the toilets at Bank Top. Picture: Scott Wicking
Graham Irving and Jane Mortimer outside the toilets at Bank Top. Picture: Scott Wicking

Public conveniences in Robin Hood’s Bay are to remain open and will undergo refurbishment despite the borough council pulling the plug on the facility.

Fylingdales Parish Council, who will operate the toilets at Bank Top from November onwards, say that the local 
authority would have closed the much-used amenity had they not agreed to take it over.

Graham Irving, chairman of the parish council, said: “It would have been a dramatic loss to the village had these conveniences been closed down.

“They are the most frequently used toilets in Robin Hood’s Bay and the only ones that are open all year round.

“It’s hugely important both for local people and visitors that these facilities remain in use.”

Mr Irving revealed that the toilets have been threatened with closure for some time and the parish council have been seeking to take them over for 18 months.

“We think that the borough council were looking to outsource the building but when it came to the crunch and it seemed they would close the toilets we stepped in and signed a 125-year lease,” he added.

Planning permission has been granted for the parish council to convert the existing block into three unisex toilets, all with baby changing facilities and one with disabled access.

An area at the rear of the building will be used to store parish council documents, while councillors are also considering renting out part of the facility as storage space.

The parish council hope that charging a small fee to use the toilets as well as subletting storage space will generate enough revenue to cover maintenance and upkeep costs.

Although part of the building will be closed during the redevelopment, some of the 
toilets will remain open as usual, with work due to be completed by Easter 2015.

Borough councillor Jane Mortimer, who also sits on Fylingdales Parish Council, said: “These new conveniences will be a big boost for the village.

“We’re also looking into the possibility of having a cash 
machine installed at the toilets, which will be an added bonus as Robin Hood’s Bay is currently without an ATM.”

Anyone interested in volunteering to help with the renovation of the toilets should contact Graham Irving on (01947) 880767.