Toilet plans to be looked at again

PETITION: Frank and Elizabeth Webbe outside Berry Lane toilets
PETITION: Frank and Elizabeth Webbe outside Berry Lane toilets

A working group including Longridge councillors is to be set up to improve the provision of public toilets in the town and in other parts of the Ribble Valley.

The borough council’s Community Services Committee was last night (Wed) due to discuss the problems caused by the cost-cutting closure last February of eight out of 24 borough facilities, particularly those in Longridge and Gisburn, and their replacement by the Community Toilet Scheme.

Anger at the closure of the Berry Lane facility and problems of access to shop and business conveniences in the Community Toilet Scheme, has been highlighted by disablement officer Elizabeth Webbe.

She and husband Frank set up a 600-signature petition to re-open the Berry Lane toilets after disabled visitors she brought to the town felt uncomfortable using shop or business premises.

Mrs Webbe repeated her concerns to Longridge councillors at their meeting last week saying local people were very unhappy with the situation .

Recognising the problems, councillors were told by clerk Steve Barsby about the community services meeting when borough engineeer Terence Longden would discuss the situation.

It was also hoped he would meet up with the working group, whose Longridge members are Councillors Adamson, Moon, Rogerson and Swarbrick.

The Commnity Services Committee was last night due to resolve ‘that the measures described to investigate options for the improvement of the current provision of publically accessible toilet facilities in Gisburn and Longridge be pursued and that the outcome is reported to the next meeting of the committee.’