Town council pays to keep Spittal toilets open for the winter

Berwick Town Council has agreed to stump up the £2,000 required to keep Spittal's public toilets open this winter.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 11 November, 2016, 11:58
The public toilet block at Spittal promenade

It is the same arrangement as last year when the authority stepped in to save them from a seasonal closure proposed by Northumberland County Council.

Mayor Ivor Dixon, who also represents Lower Spittal, said: “I think it was appreciated that we helped to keep them open last winter because there are a lot of people walking along Spittal prom and beach, even in the winter.”

Cllr Gregah Roughead added: “There are lots of dog walkers but also people from all over the world come to follow the Lowry Trail.

“We need that service to be there in the winter because, if not, the next one is a significant distance away.

It was also pointed out that Spittal is the starting/finishing point for the long-distance Northumberland coastal path.

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Cllr Hazel Bettison asked if the town council’s handymen could do the job of looking after the toilets and avoiding paying out £2,000.

“I am sure our handyman could open them up and check on them,” she said.

However, acting clerk Gareth Davies said he had been advised the majority of costs were to cover utility bills and supplies. He would discuss the matter with neighboorhood services officer Bob Hodgson.

He also told members that there was no identified budget for the cost so it would have to come from reserves.