Toilets open via ‘urgent’ measures

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The Riverside toilets in Rothbury were opened after an urgent meeting at the beginning of April.

Chairman Mark Gilson told the council: “I had a meeting with Paul Jones from neighbourhood services and he told me that he actually didn’t see why we shouldn’t open the Haugh toilets immediately.”

Coun Gilson explained that the rules stated ‘quite categorically’ that the parish clerk, the chairman and one other member of the council could carry out ‘urgent business’ without the full council.

As the schools were breaking up for the Easter break, Coun Gilson spoke with Northumberland County Council’s services department and agreed to open the toilets based on a quote of £178 a month.

There was also a refurbishment cost, but the toilets were ‘guaranteed’ to be in order.