All cisterns go? Future of toilet block to be debated

Public toilets in Money's Yard, Sleaford. EMN-150206-102040001
Public toilets in Money's Yard, Sleaford. EMN-150206-102040001

The future of a Sleaford public toilet block - which could ultimately see it demolished - will be considered by North Kesteven District councillors.

For the last three years Sleaford Town Council has been maintaining and running the Money’s Yard toilet facility under licence since the district council proposed to knock it down and replace it with parking spaces.

This was as the authority progressed with a masterplan for the town centre to turn the yard into a public plaza for shops and restaurants.

However a usage survey by NKDC indicated at the time that the facilities were highly valued by the business community of Sleaford.

Back in September 2011 NKDC considered the option of closure and in the report to tomorrow’s (Thursday) executive board members have been told they may wish to consider it again, relating to the wider plans for the town centre which have Money’s Yard at their heart. There are three options on the table to consider - a three-year licence, a one year licence as previously, or not to renew and demolish.

In the officer’s report, it states that demolition and replacement with parking bays would cost in the region of £63,000 while adding six extra car park spaces would net the authority around £9,000 extra income per year.

It adds: “Members should however, acknowledge that closure of the facility may cause an emotive response from residents and visitors to the town.” It indicated alternative toilets at the NCCD and Monument Gardens.

Sleaford Town Council has asked for longer than its yearly licence to help budget for repairs and improvements. Sheila Scholes, clerk to the Town Council, told The Standard they remained positive in being able to establish a three year lease to allow them to carry out investment in fixtures and fittings.