Future of Northallerton’s toilets is being discussed by councillors

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The future of public toilets in Northallerton town centre is being debated by district councillors.

Members of Hambleton’s Cabinet will be asked to decide the fate of the town centre facilities after plans to transfer them to the town council failed.

As part of its budget savings district councillors agreed earlier this year to look to transfer 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.

So far agreement has been reached to transfer the toilets in Thirsk, Great Ayton, Osmotherley, Stokesley, Swainby, Easingwold and Bedale. Three of them already being in the hands of the parishes.

But talks on the future of the Northallerton toilets have so far failed. They are the only facility in the district that charge users 20p a visit and are staffed seven days a week.

This currently costs the authority £31,000 per year to run.