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A list of public toilets and facilities throughout the Derbyshire Dales. 

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Toilet closures and transfers

At a special council meeting of Derbyshire Dales District Council held on Monday 30 April 2018 it was agreed that 10 local loos run by the District Council would close on 14 May, although talks would continue about the possibility of some of them reopening under more local control.

Councillors were told that continuing to operate 26 public toilets across the Dales at a cost of £467,000 was “unsustainable” and could have a serious impact on frontline and statutory services.

The District Council isn’t obliged to provide public toilets.

Successive central government grant cuts, including a further £637,000 reduction in 2018/19, have forced the council to review all the services it provides.

Rationalising toilets will mean that better, higher quality facilities will be provided in areas of most need.

A 20p charge be introduced for the use of high quality loos in six busy locations - Matlock's Hall Leys Park, Bakewell's Granby Road and the Recreation Ground, Ashbourne's Shawcroft, Matlock Bath Memorial Gardens and Matlock Bus Station.

Some local authorities such as Wirksworth Town Council have acted promptly to take over their loos by increasing their share of Council Tax. Unlike the District Council, town and parish councils are not restricted by the amount they can increase Council Tax by.

Cromford Community Association has agreed heads of terms to take over the facility in Cromford and a Community Asset Transfer has also been agreed for the facilities at Ashford in the Water, with a one-year lease proposed to transfer the facilities at Eyam to the parish council in return for a 50% contribution towards running costs, subject to review in 2019.

Negotiations are also underway about the possible transfer to parish councils of the public toilets in Bradwell and Bonsall.

The meeting confirmed the closure on 14 May 2018 of loos at Ashbourne's Recreation Ground, Bakewell's Riverside, Birchover, Darley Dale, Artist's Corner Matlock Dale, Matlock Bath Pavilion, Matlock Hall Leys Park Play Area, Monsal Head, Monyash and Thorpe.

However, private interest has been shown in the future potential of the sites recommended for closure at Birchover, Monsal Head and Thorpe. At Monsal Head there is a prospect of securing a public convenience on site, run by a private company.

In the case of the dilapidated facilities at the Matlock Hall Leys Park play area, a temporary portaloo will be installed for the duration of the 2018 tourist season following closure of the old buildings. Discussions will continue with interested parties, including the Town Council, about the future use of the play area site, though it was reported that Matlock Town Council had responded negatively when approached by the District Council in June last year about taking over the site.

Portaloos will also be installed at the Matlock Bath Pavilion site for the District Council’s annual Matlock Bath Illuminations, while outside groups organising events in that area of the village will be urged to factor in the need for portaloo provision.

At Ashbourne Recreation Ground a joint partnership arrangement with the District Council and community groups will shortly see the transfer of land owned by the District Council for the erection of a new Pavilion, and agreement has been reached to provide a public toilet as part of that project.

To help plug the gap of any permanent closures, a Community Toilet Scheme is being adopted by the District Council, where local businesses will be asked to allow members of the public to use their own loos for free in exchange for a small revenue grant. The council is also be exploring new sponsorship and advertising options at retained public conveniences.

Among other recommendations already approved is that a formal consultation is undertaken to consider the amendment of the Off Street Parking Order to introduce a 20p additional levy for car parking and £1 for coach parking to help towards the cost of retaining public loos located in rural car parks at Baslow, Over Haddon and Hartington - and that all cash received through the levy be directed to repairs and improvements at these specific locations.

Locations

Town/Village Location Baby changing Disabled Opening 
Ashbourne Recreation Ground  No Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Ashbourne Shawcroft car park Yes Yes Apr - Oct
8am - 6pm
Nov - Mar
8am - 5pm
Bakewell Granby Road Yes  Yes  Apr - Oct
8am - 6pm
Nov - Mar
8am - 5pm

Bakewell

Recreation Ground   Yes  Yes April - Oct
8am - 5pm
Nov - Mar
Closed 
Bakewell Riverside   No  Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Baslow Nether End car park  Yes  Yes Jan - Dec
Open 
Birchover Barton Hill  No  No Closed from 14 May 2018
Bradwell Brookside  Yes  Yes Apr - Oct
8am - 6pm
Nov - Mar
Closed
Cromford Memorial Gardens  Yes Yes  Jan - Dec
Open 
Eyam Hawkhill Road car park  Yes  Yes

Jan - Dec Open

Hartington Mill Lane  No  Yes Jan - Dec
Open
Matlock Bus Station   Yes  Yes Jan - Dec
8am - 11pm
Matlock Causeway Lane (by tennis courts, Hall Leys Park  Yes Yes  Apr - Oct
8am - 6pm
Nov - Mar
8am - 5pm
Matlock Hall Leys Park play area (by Knowleston Place)   Yes  Yes Apr - Oct
8am - 4pm
Nov - Mar
Closed 
Matlock Artist's Corner   No  Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Matlock Bath Memorial Gardens (Temporary provision while repairs taking place). Yes Yes Jan - Dec
Open
Matlock Bath Pavilion  No  Yes Jan - Dec
Open
Middleton by Youlgrave Weaddow Lane  No  Yes Apr - Oct
Open
Nov - Mar
Closed 
Monsal Monsal Head car park (rear)  No  Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Monyash Church Street  No  Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Thorpe Thorpe car park  No  Yes Closed from 14 May 2018
Wirksworth Barmote Croft car park  No  Yes Apr - Oct
8am - 6pm
Nov - Mar
8am - 5pm

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