The York Council is handing over the running of its public conveniences to a private contractor.
A standard charge of 40p will be made to users. The contractor will be able to increase the charge by 10p per annum.
The news is not particularly surprising although the scale of the charge is.
Visitors already tortured by traffic restriction fines now face another form of discomfort. The vendetta follows on from the high profile persecution of those “caught short”.
The Council hopes to save £75,000 a year from the charge. In return it promises a £663,000 refurbishment programme including £33,000 to be spent on the Front Street Acomb toilets.
All toilets will have unisex cubicles and have baby change facilities. Accessibility will be greatly improved with all facilities having alarm cords for disabled users connected to a 24-hour helpline and there will be 24-hour access to all toilets. This will be controlled by gates operated by payment of a 40p fee – what is already being charged at Silver Street – while disabled users are can continue to use RADAR keys for no charge.
Nine public conveniences will be provide under the new arrangements. The nine are located at:
- Acomb, Front Street
- Haxby, Main Street
- Exhibition Square
- Nunnery Lane CP
- Silver Street
- St George’s Field CP
- Tanner Row
- Union Terrace
Other public conveniences will close
York marathon faces sprint rival
A new York Sprint race is to be held next summer for the first time. The event will aim to find the fastest visitor to the City.
Entrants will be asked to drink 3 pints of lager and will then be given a map of the Councils new network of public conveniences. Contestants will then race to the nearest site.
In line with the publicity for the Lendal bridge closure, recommended routes to the loos will be marked out making full use of the northern by pass.
On arrival 50% of the conveniences will be closed for cleaning.
CCTV cameras will be strapped to the back of each contestant to ensure that they do not cheat.
The entry fee for the contest will be 40p Multiple entries are allowed but will be charged separately.
Entry forms will be available on the Council web site shortly.
NB. The event has no connection with the “brass monkeys” race although the consequences could be similar.