Matlock Bath Public Toilets consultation

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This consultation is now closed

Public consultation on the future of Matlock Bath Memorial Gardens Public Conveniences and Shelter

Derbyshire Dales District Council is seeking your views on the options for the future of the public toilets and shelter at Matlock Bath Memorial Gardens.

This consultation will be used to inform Councillors of your views. A summary of the findings will be presented to the Governance and Resources Committee in September 2015.

The online consultation starts on Wednesday 29 July, running until Tuesday 25 August. A paper version of the form will be available from the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath and from Matlock Town Hall. Completed paper consultations should be returned to either the Peak District Mining Museum in Matlock Bath or Matlock Town Hall by Tuesday 25 August.

Background Information

The historic stone building in the village's Memorial Gardens was closed by Derbyshire Dales District Council earlier this year after a condition survey discovered significant structural defects, which were a risk to public safety.

The purpose of this consultation is to seek your views on the future of these facilities. The Council has limited financial resources and would like to identify a solution that meets users' needs as well as being good value for money.

The cost of repairing the existing building is estimated at more than £175,000.

Alternatives include:

  • adopting a community toilets scheme where local traders allow the public to use their facilities;
  • demolishing the building and providing alternative modern facilities on the site, or at former station buildings nearby*;
  • retaining the shelter and providing public conveniences elsewhere;
  • or a combination of these.

Wildlife Trust building 300px*The District Council currently leases a former railway station building to the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust, near the village's main car park, and there is potential to convert an unused part of that building to toilets at a cost of almost £150,000.

The options shown on the online survey include indicative costs of work, which have been provided by independent organisations. All options are subject to planning consent and necessary approvals.

The cheapest option would be to investigate a community toilets scheme, where local businesses are paid a grant in return for allowing members of the public to use their toilets during opening hours. A similar scheme is currently operated in neighbouring Amber Valley.