Letter: Proposal to close toilets 'madness'

I heard this week that Scarborough Borough Council has revived plans to close toilets at various locations around the borough.

Thursday, 8th December 2016, 2:27 pm
Updated Wednesday, 14th December 2016, 12:39 pm
Robin Hood's Bay

This includes closing the toilets at the large car park on Station Road in Robin Hood’s Bay.

This plan is utterly madness and I have written to my local conservative councillor to ask what plans she has to oppose the scheme.

As yet I have had no reply so I wonder if the Whitby Gazette could help.

It would be good if the council could answer a couple of questions:

1) If Robin Hood’s Bay toilets are closed, then where does the council expect the hundreds of thousands of visitors to go to ‘spend a penny’? Several coaches arrive each day carrying school children and older people from across the north of England. On arrival many people head straight to the toilets, often forming an orderly queue.

2) The council raises between £250,000 and £500,000 a year from parking charges at Robin Hood’s Bay car park. Why can’t some of this money continue to be used to support tourism in Bay by funding the toilets to stay open?

3) If finances are so tight then simply raise the parking charges by 50p a time. Ring fence the money for use to keep the toilets open and make this clear to visitors and locals in the signage around the car park.

I would also ask that the councillor for Robin Hood’s Bay makes public her opposition to these closure plans and puts the opinions of constituents working in the tourist industry ahead of the short-sighted policies of the council’s controlling Conservative party.

Scarborough Borough Council prides itself on seeking to give visitors the warmest welcome.

Closing Station Road toilets is a slap in the face to not just the visitors who want to use them, but also to everyone locally who are working hard to make a living in the hospitality and tourist industry.

Paul Johnston