Plans to rebuild public toilets are approved

Market Weighton
Market Weighton

PLANS to demolish a public toilet block in Market Weighton and replace it with a new larger one have been approved.

The Western Area Planning Sub-Committee have agreed to let the plans go ahead which will see the public footpath in front of the building on Londesborough Road moved slightly closer to the road as the new building will be larger in depth.

There will also be changes made to the car parking area directly in front of the building by replacing parking spaces set at a 90 degree angle to the road by parking spaces set parallel to Londesborough Road.

There will be three parking spaces including a disabled parking bay instead of the current six spaces.

Mayor of Market Weighton, Councillor Peter Hemmerman, claims it is cheaper to rebuild the toilets than refurbish them.

He said: “The town council have been consulted and have approved the plans for the new build.

“We have been trying for some years to improve the existing toilets and this latest proposition was costed and showed that rebuild was a cheaper alternative than refurbishment given the requirement now for disabled access.

“Many visitors to the town may use these toilets and it’s important that we have a good clean modern facility for them.

“The outside will be in keeping with the conservation area in a traditional brick and will not detract from the areas character.”

A spokesman for East Riding of Yorkshire Council said: “The council is undertaking a region-wide project to upgrade their public conveniences into first grade facilities so they are pleasant to use with improved cleanliness and quality of finishes.”

The plans were objected to by Market Weighton Civic Society who were against the new building going beyond the existing building line.

They also objected to changes to the parking area.