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Take part in public toilets consultation

Local people and visitors to the Derbyshire Dales are being asked for their views on the future delivery of public toilet facilities in the district.

On 7 September our councillors approved the consultation, which includes an online survey here - that runs until 20 October.

The results of the consultation will be reported back to your District Council at the end of the year.

The survey includes a question about the possible introduction of a charging policy initially for the use of loos in five busy locations - Matlock's Hall Leys Park, Bakewell's Granby Road, Ashbourne's Shawcroft, Matlock Bath's Memorial Gardens and Baslow.

Consultees are asked if they would be prepared to pay for using a public toilet in the Dales and, if the answer is yes, how much - 10p, 20p, 30p, 50p or another amount.

During the consultation we will continue discussions with local town and parish councils and other potentially interested bodies on the possibility of transferring responsibility for some other public toilets in the Dales.

The council currently provides a total of 26 public toilet facilities at a cost of £470,000 per year - and in March this year agreed to review public conveniences as one of its high priority measures in bridging a funding gap currently standing at £1.6-million over the next four years.

A council spokesperson said:

"We are committed to delivering the front line services local people and visitors have come to expect, for example, street cleaning, environmental health and refuse collection. But in the drive to make efficiencies we have to look at the services we are not required to provide. Public conveniences are one of those services.

"We would like feedback on the current state of our toilets and what users expect from us. We know that many of our facilities are used by visitors to our area and it is important to us that we can strike the right balance in budgeting for services we do need to provide and those we may choose to provide."

  • The toilets review interim report can be viewed here [PDF 895KB]
  • Take part in the online survey
Local people and visitors to the Derbyshire Dales are being asked for their views on the future delivery of public toilets in the district.

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