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Improved public toilets for South Lakeland

23 November 2016

Proposals to help improve public toilets have been approved by our Cabinet.

Financial support for existing strategic facilities across the district will be maintained for a further five years.

Cabinet members agreed that uncommitted money from the Locally Important Projects fund be used to support improvements to the public toilets provided by the existing partner Town and Parish Councils. They reminded other community organisations which provide local services that they could also apply for grants.

We will provide total funding of £200,000 from 2017 to 2022. The new funding covers more than the current running costs, assisting parishes to carry out further investments if required.

Members agreed that officers should negotiate and approve the necessary funding and lease arrangements with the Parish and Town Councils which run the current strategic sites.

Existing agreements are for strategic facilities based at:

Ornamental Gardens, Grange

The Gill, Ulverston

Bowness Bay, Rayrigg, Road and Broad Street, Windermere

Devils Bridge, Kirkby Lonsdale

The Promenade, Arnside

There is no change proposed with the Milnthorpe Parish Council agreement as its current agreement does not end until 31 March 2019.

Our Leader, Cllr Giles Archibald, said: “Providing modern facilities is crucial for local communities and the best way to do this is to work closely with those communities who know more than anyone what is required in their neighbourhoods.

“This financial support should ensure that the current toilets remain open and indeed are improved. Hopefully it will help these locations to remain popular for visitors. This supports our strategic aim to help our towns thrive commercially whilst retaining their distinctive character.

“We are all proud of our area and determined to work with local residents to make sure that South Lakeland remains one of the best places to live, work and explore in the UK.”

Shadow Portfolio Holder for Finance, Cllr Kevin Lancaster, welcomed the new arrangement.

Cllr Lancaster said: “Provision of public toilets is vital for communities. If you have elderly relatives you become aware of just how important it is.”

The money provided by the council will allow for the modernisation of facilities which may include modern payment and collection methods.