“A Council that can spend £millions supporting private vanity developments but can’t spend a penny when it is needed is not putting its residents first”
Scarborough Borough Labour Group Leader, Steve Siddons, has vowed to fight on to keep all essential public conveniences open
Despite a setback at the Scrutiny committee he chairs, Steve Siddons insisted that the Council plan to close several well used toilets in the Borough was not only a failure of a Council duty, but that financial arguments for closure were flawed. Against Councillor Siddons’ advice, some members of his committee supported the officer plan which will close several Borough toilets and leave many in limbo awaiting commercial or other third party negotiations. The proposal now goes to Cabinet for decision.
Councillor Siddons argued that the Officers’ plan showed toilets generating funds not spending them- and that any initial capital would be repaid. “A council that can spend millions of our pounds supporting private vanity developments but can’t spend a penny when it is needed is not putting its residents or their visitors first.
In fact if the officers have got their figures right the new plan will pay for itself in two years, all we need to do is pay back the investment over a longer period instead and every essential public convenience can be retained. There is no financial justification for closure of Runswick Bay, Lealholm, Danby and Holbeck Clock on the Esplanade
The argument used that the Council have no statutory duty to provide toilets is shameful, we have a moral duty, particularly with so many child and elderly residents and visitors.
This is another example of this Tory Councils lack of investment in public services. They let buildings fall into disrepair and then close them. Time and again we have seen the public suffer from poor decision making.
“It is even more hypocritical that the Council is closing toilets at the same time as making new by-laws making urinating in the street unlawful.”