Public toilets in Torridge under threat

What does the future hold for public toilets in Torridge?

What does the future hold for public toilets in Torridge? - Credit: Archant

Council to consult on 11 public toilets which could close on or before April 2016 in cost-cutting measure.

Torridge District Council is carrying out a major review of its public conveniences which could see 11 toilets close in April 2016.

The draft proposals, which could see the council save £65,000 a year, would offer parish and town council’s the chance to ‘save’ the facilities at threat of closure.

If a council or community group could not be found to take over the running by April 2016, the toilet facilities listed could be closed and sold at auction.

The toilets in Jubilee Road, Appledore, are set to close in April next year, with toilets in Winkleigh, Bradworthy, Hartland, Halwill and Torrington Commons to partially close, with only one toilet – the disabled one – left open.

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Town and parish councils would also be consulted on taking over the running of the toilets in Bideford Pannier Market; Torrington Panier Market; Merley Road in Westward Ho!; Black Torrington and Stoke.

Council leader Philip Collins added: “We want to keep them all open, and open more, but that’s not the way we can go on the funding we have got. It is a difficult call.”

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Other options put before councillors were winter closures, pay-per-use and asking town and parish councils to contribute towards running costs.

Councillors voted unanimously to carry out a consultation with parish and town councils on the future of the public conveniences and consider the responses.

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