Concerns raised by local people, businesses and visitors and the success in attracting millions of pounds worth of new investment have led to North East Lincolnshire Council announcing the re-opening of a Cleethorpes public toilet.
The Boating Lake public toilets closed on 1 April as part of an ongoing drive to save money across the Council’s estate. It is now open again.
As reported, the Council is in talks with a third party about the Boating Lake premises. This could see them being used for more community activities while also providing public toilets.
In the meantime, Cabinet members have reviewed the decision to close the Boating Lake public toilets and they will re-open and remain open while the search for other providers continues.
In addition, the £3.8million Coastal Communities funding, which will cover a range of projects to enhance key areas of Cleethorpes, provide new facilities and deliver some exciting events in the resort, has also been a factor in the decision.
Cllr Ray Oxby, Leader of North East Lincolnshire Council, said: “We’ve listened to people’s views and taken them on board when reconsidering the closure of the Boating Lake toilets.
“Public toilets continue to be an emotive issue and while as a council we don’t have a duty to provide them, we do understand that people value them and want the option to use them, especially in a popular resort like Cleethorpes.
“We’ve said regularly that we want to keep them open, but the stark reality is that budget pressures mean we have to look closely at everything we do. It’s a dilemma that’s not unique to North East Lincolnshire, councils up and down the country are closing public toilets.
“It’s unfortunate but as we see millions of pounds slashed from our budget, we need to make more and more decisions that will affect services that people appreciate.”
The Boating Lake toilets are one of only a handful in the area accredited by Changing Places, meaning they have extra features and more space than standard accessible toilets.
Cllr Matthew Patrick, portfolio holder for finance, governance and tourism, said: “We know there’s a renewed energy in the resort and the area, and as this decision shows, we’ll be continuing to work in partnership with local residents, businesses and community groups to make the most of Cleethorpes’ unique attraction to visitors.”
And he also appealed for people to help the authority in tackling vandalism in the toilets, an issue costing thousands of pounds each year.
He added: “Damage caused by vandals, thieves and troublemakers mean they cost more to keep open than they should, and while we’ll l continue to look at other ways of running the toilets so we can keep them open where possible but make them pay for themselves. I’d asked for anyone seeing anti-social behaviour in those buildings to get in touch with either ourselves or the police.’’