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Relief as crumbling toilets are renovated

A crumbling toilet block in mini resort Matlock Bath has been transformed thanks to an upgrade by your District Council.

The historic stone building in the village's Memorial Gardens has reopened two years after a condition survey discovered significant defects, forcing its closure.

Temporary loos were installed by the council at the same site and local people and visitors were consulted on permanent options, including demolishing the building and providing alternative modern facilities.

The consultation results showed a preference to put right structural issues to external walls and the roof of the old toilet block - including cracks and bulges in the masonry – at a cost of around £238,000.

A District Council spokesperson said:

"At a time when public finances are tighter than ever, this was an unexpected project and not without its problems.

"The loos back on to the river and a detailed inspection also revealed some settlement in that area, requiring work to the support structure.

“As a District Council we are under no obligation to provide public conveniences, but this renovation was important for a building that is something of a landmark in Matlock Bath – and it’s a boost for the village and the wider economy of the Dales.

"In recent times in Matlock Bath we have spent £210,000 repairing the village's historic Jubilee Bridge and £25,000 repairing the rock face above Lovers' Walks to ensure that the annual Matlock Bath Illuminations, which we organise to further boost local trade, can continue.”

  • Pictured above: Our Clean & Green Team member Robert Fretwell on cleaning duty at the renovated Matlock Bath loos
A crumbling toilet block in mini resort Matlock Bath has been transformed thanks to an upgrade by your District Council.

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