Chain gang flushed with feeling of success

(From L-R) Andy Fitton, Norman Whittaker, Jeff Tipler and Kevin Pollard, all Salterfoth Toilet Group members. (S)
(From L-R) Andy Fitton, Norman Whittaker, Jeff Tipler and Kevin Pollard, all Salterfoth Toilet Group members. (S)

Four Salterforth villagers are flushed with the feeling of success having successfully helped reopen its community toilets.

More than 12 months after council cut backs forced the closure of Salterforth toilets, the doors reopened this week just in time for the village fun day on Sunday.

A quartet got to work months ago to restore the toilets and the group’s chairman has welcomed the return of an important village facility.

Jeff Tipler said: “We went to Salterforth Parish Council who listened to our idea and were very supportive in helping us obtain the toilets from Pendle Council.

“We then had lots of work to do. Fund-raising was a priority with local companies getting involved in making donations getting the project of the ground.

“With the toilets being shut for such a long length of time, a thorough clean was needed which was done by volunteers.

“All the electrics and plumbing needed to be looked at to be brought up to working standard and without the help and donation of time from SPN Electrical Ltd and Pennine Mechanical Engineers the project would have struggled to get off the ground.”

Pendle Council’s West Craven Committee has now supported the group too as councillors voted to give £750 towards the upkeep and maintenance cost of the toilets at its June meeting.

Mr Tipler added: “We wish to thank all the local businesses who have made donations as without them, the reopening would not have been possible.

“Those thanks also extend to the volunteers who have offered their time helping with this project.

“Major funds are still needed to guarantee the future running and maintenance costs. Advice or help in how to achieve our aim will be gratefully accepted.

“Our Facebook page is ‘Village Relief’ or people can also contact our treasurer Andy Fitton on 816456.”