Pendle Council’s Executive has reluctantly decided to close public toilets in a number of its towns and villages as part of its cost-cutting exercise.
But there was better news in other parts of the borough as town and parish councils agreed to have the conveniences transferred to their control.
In moving the motion over closure and transfer, Coun. John David, Executive Member for Environmental Services, said: “I hate to do this but we have to do it. We have to save the cash. We are a borough that has more public toilets than anywhere in the land, that promotes tourism and has an ageing population.
“People are embarrassed at having to use community conveniences,”
“We would dearly love to be able to keep all our conveniences going, but that is not possible in view of the savings the Government is telling us to make.”
Pendle’s town and parish councils have been fully consulted on the council’s proposals and given the opportunity to take over the running of them.
From the end of March, public toilets will remain open in Barnoldswick town centre, Earby, Laneshaw Bridge and Barley, with the respective town council and parish council taking over the running and maintenance costs.
However, public toilets in Barrowford, Newchurch, Brierfield, Salterforth, Kelbrook and Sough, Trawden and Colne will be closed.
Further talks will take place over tthe toilets in Letcliffe Park and Victory Park, Barnoldswick.