Hopes that options to avoid closure of toilets can be found

Coun John Woodman
Coun John Woodman

No final decision has been made on proposals to close two sets of public toilets in a north Northumberland village – one permanently and the other during winter.

Earlier this month, Northumberland County Council announced proposals to change opening times or close a number of public conveniences following a cost-saving review, which also suggested the changes came into effect in November.

Following this, concerns were expressed about the proposals for Bamburgh, where it was recommended the Church Street facilities shut during the winter, while the toilets in the Links car park are closed for good.

It was pointed out, by ward member Coun John Woodman as well as Berwick MP Anne-Marie Trevelyan and Northumberland Tourism boss Jude Leitch, that this could have a serious impact on the visitor economy in the village.

The recommendations were discussed at last week’s communities and local services overview and scrutiny committee meeting, which went ‘reasonably well’, according to Coun Woodman.

“Ian Swithenbank (cabinet member for local services) and Paul Jones (head of neighbourhood services) said they didn’t want to do anything without agreement,” he said. “I think they are genuinely keen to resolve those concerns.

“There’s an understanding that it needs to be looked at further and they will look at alternatives before making a decision.”