Council agrees to consult on public toilets

Khyber Pass toilets''w135018a
Khyber Pass toilets''w135018a

Businesses could be asked to run toilets in the borough, the council has revealed.

It is to go out to consultation, following a Cabinet meeting on Tuesday, on a plan to overhaul its stock of public conveniences which it says it has no legal obligation to provide.

Included in the plan is a move to make a number of the borough’s toilets pay on entry via a turnstile system, including the ones on New Quay Road, saving money through the elimination of the attendant roles.

Some toilets deemed not to be cost effective could also close and be demolished.

The council will also explore the option of installing “external door pay on entry systems” at Marina Public Toilets, Market Place and in Robin Hood’s Bay.

The remaining toilets will be offered to parish councils to run. The future of the Khyber Pass toilets are subject to a structural inspection but are expected to remain open for Whitby’s summer season.

Councillors could also remove all existing concessions for the use of pay on entry toilets in a bid to raise more money and another suggestion is for private sector businesses to take over toilets.