Reopened Skipton bus station toilets to get £49,000 revamp

Vandalised: Guttering has been ripped off the toilets

Vandalised: Guttering has been ripped off the toilets

First published in News

Closed public toilets in Skipton bus station are to be reopened with immediate effect by Craven District Council.

Councillors also gave the go-ahead for a £49,000 revamp after the deputy leader admitted the decision to ‘permanently’ close the facility last month had been a mistake.

Coun Richard Foster (Cons), who faced criticism from some councillors as to why the toilets had been closed in the first place, said the choice of toilets had been wrong and the decision to close them had also been wrong.

“These toilets were hellishly expensive to run. It was an error to put them in and an error to close them too,” he said.

A door of one of the two fully automated toilets, had been vandalised along with some guttering and would need repair. The remaining one would be reopened immediately, he confirmed.

In the longer term, the toilets would be replaced with a total of eight, including two for disabled people, and a retail kiosk.

“We will put a building there that will provide more toilet facilities and also provide us with an income to offset the cost. We think this will be a proper, viable scheme,” said Coun Foster.

Maintenance of the facility will be the responsibility of the council.

Coun Paul English (Lib Dem) questioned the likely take-up of a retail unit so close to public toilets and within close walking distance of other shops.

He welcomed the immediate reopening, but called for a delay on what to do with the site.

“Who is going to take up a kiosk in a bus station right next to some toilets. There is no rush, let’s take a step back and think about this,” he said.

Coun English said it was all rather “mysterious” that three weeks ago the toilets had to be permanently closed because they were too expensive to run, but now they could be reopened.

Coun Philip Barrett (Ind) asked that the council put out a statement on its website, retracting the earlier “permanent” closure one. He added that he had found nothing on the policy committee’s forward planning list that mentioned the bus station toilets.

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11:07am Thu 13 Mar 14

Skipton Ratepayer says...

Can't CDC even run a lavatory?
Can't CDC even run a lavatory? Skipton Ratepayer
  • Score: 6

8:30pm Thu 13 Mar 14

otter says...

Councillor Barrett cannot find anything about this on the Forward Planning List as this must be yet another case of backtracking "on the hoof" in direct response to public concern and dismay at a decision being made without going through the proper democratic and legal processes. Such glaring errors are being made time and again by people who demonstrate a lack of awareness of the needs and values of Craven and its residents.
I am extremely concerned that such an unprofessional and bumbling approach to running our Council must be costing us, the Council Tax payer, very much more than it should.
Councillor Barrett cannot find anything about this on the Forward Planning List as this must be yet another case of backtracking "on the hoof" in direct response to public concern and dismay at a decision being made without going through the proper democratic and legal processes. Such glaring errors are being made time and again by people who demonstrate a lack of awareness of the needs and values of Craven and its residents. I am extremely concerned that such an unprofessional and bumbling approach to running our Council must be costing us, the Council Tax payer, very much more than it should. otter
  • Score: 9

8:47pm Thu 13 Mar 14

Mart56 says...

3 articles in Today's paper about public toilets in Skipton. £49000 to be spent at bus station, CDC donating £25000 towards refurb of Coach Street toilets, and an unspecified amount being spent on new public toilets at the town hall. All this is great, but CDC are not interested in public toilets in places like Gargrave where any costs have to be paid from the parish council precept. If this is fair for the villages of Craven surely it is fait for the towns - i.e. If the people of Skipton want to keep their public toilets open the money should come from the Town Council precept.
3 articles in Today's paper about public toilets in Skipton. £49000 to be spent at bus station, CDC donating £25000 towards refurb of Coach Street toilets, and an unspecified amount being spent on new public toilets at the town hall. All this is great, but CDC are not interested in public toilets in places like Gargrave where any costs have to be paid from the parish council precept. If this is fair for the villages of Craven surely it is fait for the towns - i.e. If the people of Skipton want to keep their public toilets open the money should come from the Town Council precept. Mart56
  • Score: 0

3:48pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Skipton man says...

Struth!
These council nerds really know how to waste money. £45,000 for a revamp? The contractors must think they've won the lottery. Totally ridiculous amount of money, that could no doubt be better spent elsewhere.
Struth! These council nerds really know how to waste money. £45,000 for a revamp? The contractors must think they've won the lottery. Totally ridiculous amount of money, that could no doubt be better spent elsewhere. Skipton man
  • Score: 1

3:49pm Wed 19 Mar 14

Skipton man says...

Correction. £49.000. Even worse!
Correction. £49.000. Even worse! Skipton man
  • Score: 1

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