Public toilets could be re-opened in Rothbury

Public toilets along the riverside in Rothbury.
Public toilets along the riverside in Rothbury.

Public toilets may be open again after proposals were made for them to be taken over.

At last week’s monthly parish council meeting it was heard that the facilities on Riverside, which were closed two years ago, could be handed over to the parish without the need for upgrading.

Councillors were ‘astonished’ to hear that work would only need to be done if the county council took them on but not the parish.

Northumberland County Council decided to close the facility when it transferred services to parishes as they are in an area which regularly floods and needed to be upgraded to comply with the Disabilities Discrimination Act.

However, it has now been found that while this was true for the unitary authority, if the parish council was to take them on it would not have to make any upgrades.

At a meeting with the council, it was said that money could be earmarked annually for any flood damage, however the parish would need to look at cleaning and maintenance, which could be carried out at the toilets while council staff are attending to the bridge.

Councillors voted unanimously to look at re-opening the toilets and chairman Coun Mark Gilson is to speak to Ian Hedley at the county council.

The council is also looking at new play facilities for Riverside.