Public toilets face the axe in Pendle Council cuts

Craven Herald: Councillor Ken Hartley, chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council Councillor Ken Hartley, chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council

Executive councillors are set to make a decision about the future of 17 public toilets across Pendle, including seven in West Craven.

The council’s deputy chief executive Philip Mousdale has recommended the closure of six toilet blocks, including one in Salterforth and another in Sough Park, on March 31, 2014.

In other villages and towns, such as Earby and Barnoldswick, parish and town councils could take over the running of their public conveniences.

Coun John David, executive member for environmental services, said: “We would dearly love to be able to keep all our conveniences going, but that is not possible.”

Salterforth would have to find £4,620 to retain the toilets on the village playing fields.

“There is no way we can afford to run them,” said Coun Christine Pollard, chairman of Salterforth Parish Council. “That amount is just about what we receive in precept and grant monies.”

Pendle Council has also recommended the closure of toilets in Sough Park as Kelbrook and Sough Parish Council has indicated the cost of running the conveniences (£2,820) was more than its annual budget.

In Earby, running costs for public toilets at the bus station and Station Hotel are £7,440 and £5,280, respectively, and the town council has shown a willingness to take on both facilities if an agreement can be reached.

“Nothing has been fully agreed yet,” said town councillor Morris Horsfield. “We have to come to a practical and sensible solution.”

Barnoldswick has three public toilets which cost £13,740 to maintain.

Coun Ken Hartley, chairman of Barnoldswick Town Council, said: “These recommendations are putting parishes and town councils between a rock and a hard place.”

He said members were reluctant to make any decisions until they knew the full running costs.

A recent Pendle Council report broke down the costs as town centre car park £8,330, Letcliffe Park £3,180 and Victory Park 2,230.

“The town centre toilets are vital to the thriving town-centre market and events like Barnoldswick Beach and the Christmas lights switch-on,” added Coun Hartley.

Executive councillors are due meet tonight to consider the proposals, which could save the council £114,000.

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10:00am Sat 14 Dec 13

jenkinsroy says...

WE WILL HAVE TO **** IN THE STREET THEN
BECAUSE I FOR ONE WILL NOT BE **** MY PANTS
FOR THEM TO GET RICH OF THE SAVING
WE PAY OUR COUNCIL TAXES
SO WE CAN **** IN THE TOILETS IN OUR TOWNS
THIS IS JUST TO GET MONEY IN THERE POCKETS
IF THEY CLOSE THE TOILETS WE WILL NOT NEED TO
PAY OUR COUNCILS TAX
KEEP THEM OPEN KEEP THEM OPEN
WE WILL HAVE TO **** IN THE STREET THEN BECAUSE I FOR ONE WILL NOT BE **** MY PANTS FOR THEM TO GET RICH OF THE SAVING WE PAY OUR COUNCIL TAXES SO WE CAN **** IN THE TOILETS IN OUR TOWNS THIS IS JUST TO GET MONEY IN THERE POCKETS IF THEY CLOSE THE TOILETS WE WILL NOT NEED TO PAY OUR COUNCILS TAX KEEP THEM OPEN KEEP THEM OPEN jenkinsroy
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2:07pm Sun 15 Dec 13

coates warder says...

its nowt but penny pinching. you never see a coun.take a pay cut etc its always the public that suffer but then again west craven always suffer so they can throw money at nelson and brierfield .barlick, earby etc get nowt and we pay more work that one out.
its nowt but penny pinching. you never see a coun.take a pay cut etc its always the public that suffer but then again west craven always suffer so they can throw money at nelson and brierfield .barlick, earby etc get nowt and we pay more work that one out. coates warder
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5:26pm Tue 17 Dec 13

veryannoyed99 says...

Many Councils have intrioduced the 'community toilet scheme' to avoid such loss of facilities. Has Pendle considered this or even heard of this one wonders?
Many Councils have intrioduced the 'community toilet scheme' to avoid such loss of facilities. Has Pendle considered this or even heard of this one wonders? veryannoyed99
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