Public may have to spend more than a penny - report recommends charge for public loos

Scarborough Town Hall.
Scarborough Town Hall.

A report was put before the Scarborough Borough Council’s cabinet this week recommending that a 40p charge be introduced at the pay-on- entry public conveniences.

It also recommended the closure of toilets at Runswick Bay Bank Top, Lealholm and Danby, while approving the transfer of a number of toilets in Whitby to Whitby Town Council, together with a capital payment of £25,000 from the Investment Fund.

Other recommendations included approving expenditure of £207,000 from the Investment Fund to redevelop toilets at: North Bay, St Nicholas and West Pier attended toilets; Vincent Pier (all Scarborough); Staithes Bank Top; Robin Hoods Bay bank bottom; and Sandsend North.

Cllr Andrew Jenkinson extended his thanks to Whitby Town Council and speaking about the toilet situation in Whitby said: “Councillors realised that it was a great deal for Whitby, they saw the merits of taking them. Each toilet block will receive £5,000 and a brand new toilet block at Khyber Pass will be opening in early July.”

Council director Nick Edwards said: “I think any discussion around public conveniences needs a little bit of time and detailed discussion. This is a complete transformation of the way in which we deliver the public convenience service and we aim to improve the quality of the toilet provision that we are going to provide.” He added: “This report has never been primarily focused on cutting toilet provision but we accept that might be an option at the last resort.”

Mr Edwards added that it currently costs the council £680,000 to run the service at present, with £180,000 coming back from current pay on entry toilets, meaning £500,000 goes towards running the service in the borough.

He also described the current condition and quality of toilets around the borough as a “mix” and said “they’re average at best, in need of investment”.

Whitby Cllr Joe Plant paid tribute to business owners on Pier Road for their patience regarding the toilet provision at Khyber Pass, adding “it will be well worth the wait for the brand new toilets opening”.