Two sets of public toilets in Harrogate set to be scrapped

Devonshire Place public toilets - Google Maps
Devonshire Place public toilets - Google Maps

Devonshire Place and West Park public toilets have been recommended for closure by Harrogate Borough Council (HBC) during an Overview and Scrutiny meeting on Monday.

HBC began their strategic review of public toilet provision in September 2014 and assessed all 28 toilets in the district by usage, condition and suitability.

Following on from a six week public consultation, the council decided to close the toilets in West Park, Devonshire Place and Lupton Bank Glasshouses.

Despite the majority of consultations responses urging the council to avoid closing the toilets or investing in them, few responses were received for toilets in Harrogate compared to Knaresborough.

The council will now demolish the Devonshire Place toilets and invest in nearby Stray Ponds toilets and close West Park toilets and invest in Library Gardens toilets.

Coun David Goode, chair of the Overview and Scrutiny Committee said there was a budget of £120,000 to make sure the remaining toilets in the district were up to scratch.

He said: “This toilet review has been ongoing for the best part of a year, it’s part of the money saving review so we get maximum value for them.

“The more important toilets will be kept up to standard and they will be open when they are needed to be open and remained a significant asset to the district.

“The amount of people concerned about their closure was a concern and because there were so few toilets on the list that concern was taken into account.”