Decision on Money’s Yard public toilets in Sleaford has been ‘called-in’ for scrutiny

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

A decision by North Kesteven District Council’s executive board to continue to only grant a yearly licence to run a town centre toilet block has been called in by opposition councillors.

In a rare move for the council since the establishment of the executive board system, Lincolnshire Independent councillors Grenville Jackson, Peter Lundgren and Jill Wilson have called in the decision made by the Executive Board on June 4 in relation to its Money’s Yard public toilets.

Sleaford Town Council had applied for a three year licence to enable it to better budget for upgrades to fittings and repairs but the Conservative-led executive board had felt it needed the flexibility of sticking to a one-year licence to the Town Council to manage the loos on a peppercorn rent.

Coun Jackson felt it more appropriate to await the outcome of the scrutiny panel to comment further, but did say: “I feel so strongly that the decision was a bad one that it had to be called in.”

The board’s decision will now be reconsidered by NKDC’s Environment Overview and Scrutiny Panel to test the merits of the decision and analyse whether the six members arrived at that decision correctly.

The panel could ask the Executive Board to reconsider the proposal in light of their recommendations or suggest that further steps be taken before a final decision is made. The panel could also recommend the matter is passed to the Full Council, the Chief Executive or the Monitoring Officer to determine, if deemed beyond the scope of the Executive Board.

The overview and scrutiny panel will meet at 5pm on June 23 in the committee room at NKDC offices in Sleaford.