Loos blues for Scarborough residents

Want to use the toilet? It's going to cost you....
Want to use the toilet? It's going to cost you....

You may soon face a paddling and spending more than a penny if you want to use a loo in Scarborough.

Having demolished the Royal Albert Drive toilets last week Scarborough Council has now got more public conveniences in its crosshairs.

It now wants to shut the St Helen’s Square toilets near the Market and the old loos at the Holbeck Clock.

This toilets that will escape the authority’s axe, including St Nicholas, North Bay Beach Management Centre and West Pier, will get the ‘paddle-gate entry system’ - which would require the correct change to allow users to relieve themselves.

There is more bad news for pensioners, children and large groups as the gate system would mean, in the council’s words, it would be “impossible” to offer concession pricing as there will be no attendant.

This would see everyone having to pay the same 40p to spend a penny.

The changes were highlighted in a report to the authority’s Overview and Scrutiny Board, by director Nicholas Edwards and the Operations, Transport and Countryside manager, Paul Thompson.

The committee meets on Wednesday.