Future of toilets in Northallerton assured

The future of public toilets in Northallerton town centre has been secured.

Members of Hambleton’s cabinet rubber stamped plans to transfer the running of the town centre facilities to the town council.

As a result the Applegarth block will close and toilets in the town hall will be opened up to the public.

As part of its budget savings district councillors agreed earlier this year to look at transfering the operation of all public toilets to the local town and parish councils.

Each parish would receive a one off grant of 1.5 times the annual running costs and the freehold to the premises.

Agreement has already been reached to transfer the toilets in Thirsk, Great Ayton, Osmotherley, Stokesley, Swainby and Bedale – four of them are already in the hands of the parishes. Easingwold will make a final decision soon.

However the future of the Northallerton toilets - the only facility in the district that charges users 30p a visit and are staffed seven days a week – took more time to finalise.

“It has now been agreed the town council will use its grant to update and open up the toilets in the town hall for public use,” said Council Deputy Leader, Coun Ron Kirk.

“We are delighted the situation has been resolved and people visiting the town will still have public toilets to use.”

Mayor of Northallerton Coun John Coulson said it would save any increase on council tax bills.