OAP takes toilet trouble to the top

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A PENSIONER has written to the Prime Minister asking him to get involved in a fight by residents in Runswick Bay to save the village’s public toilets.

Dorothy Denny (83) has written to David Cameron asking him to intervene because she feels Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) is not listening to the views of local residents.

A row has broken out within the village after the owner of the property which adjoins the toilets put forward plans to buy the toilets so he can convert them to form part of his dwelling.

SBC has suggested it will build replacement toilets with disabled access in a car park situated across the road that runs down to the beach.

But, residents and regular visitors to the village have made clear their objections.

Fronted by the Runswick Bay Association, concerns are based around crossing a road to get to the proposed new toilets where at present the current ones are right on the beach where parents can see children, the nearby cafe would be hampered by the closure of them and the Runswick Bay Rescue Boat (RBRB) crew and Runswick Bay Boat Club also use the facility.

Mrs Denny has asked Mr Cameron and local MP Robert Goodwill to stop people “spoiling” the village and outlined the concerns she has.

She told the Gazette: “I thought to myself, he keeps saying we are all in this together. If you want something done and it is not getting done properly, go to the top so that is what made me do it.”

She still hasn’t heard back from the Prime Minister and in the meantime the Runswick Bay Association, which is hoping for a public meeting on the issue, is urging anyone who wants to object to send their objections to SBC by next Friday.