Mass closure of public toilets in Chesterfield ruled out

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Council chiefs have ruled out a mass closure of public toilets in Chesterfield – as two loos face an uncertain future.

The toilets on Brimington High Street and Duke Street, Whittington Moor, could close for good under cost-cutting plans by Chesterfield Borough Council.

But despite those proposals, the authority insists there are no plans to close all public toilets in the area.

A council spokesman said: “The toilets in Brimington High Street were closed on a trial basis in November last year and there have been four complaints about this.

“The ones in Duke Street, Whittington Moor, were temporarily closed in mid-August and there has been one complaint.

“There are no other sites under consideration at the moment and the two mentioned are not closed for good – this is a trial and a final decision will be made at the end of this.

“At the end of the trial we will assess public feedback and consider this against the costs of cleaning, removing graffiti, maintaining the building, opening and closing them and repairing damage caused by vandalism.

“Once this is done proposals will be made on the future of the toilets.”

The spokesman added: “There are no plans to close all public toilets.”

The council is facing cuts in Government funding of £1.4million this year and £2.5million next year so “has to ensure the most effective use of the money it does have”, the spokesman said.

Despite the cuts, the council agreed to freeze council tax for 2015/16 in March.

Speaking at the time, the authority’s leader John Burrows said: “Despite the fact we are, again, facing a huge cut in the funding we receive from the Government, we have frozen council tax again to help families in the borough who are doing their best to make ends meet in these difficult economic times.

“But the level of cuts we face means we will have to make more difficult decisions about funding the services we provide in the coming year.”