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Ashbourne has lost another loo

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 17, 2014

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ANOTHER of Ashbourne’s public toilets has been closed, Derbyshire Dales District Council has announced.

The building in King Edward Street, which has been a popular port of call for users of Ashbourne’s bus station for many years, will be demolished to make way for the extension of the Sainsbury’s supermarket, which has been given planning consent to double in size.

The convenience was locked up for the last time Friday and its closure was part of a recent review of toilet provisions across the Derbyshire Dales.

Ashbourne now has one permanent toilet site, the £250,000 ‘superloo’ in Shaw Croft, which is closed in the evenings.

Another public loo, in the Ashbourne Memorial Gardens, opens between April and September but is closed between October and March.

Toilet blocks in Mayfield Road, Union Street and now King Edward Street were closed permanently as part of the review.

News of the closure was met with anger on the News Telegraph’s Facebook page shortly after we broke the story online.

One respondent, Eunice Ann Green, commented: “Do they think nobody needs to use a loo? This is just ridiculous.

“Get the others cleaned up they are disgusting. God knows what visitors must think.

“Well, another plus for Uttoxeter. No wonder we are all going out of town. Wake up the council Ashbourne is dying. Shame on you.”

The district council explained that Sainsbury’s made a £75,000 contribution to the new toilet facility in Shaw Croft car park, which opened in 2011 and has won successive gold medals from the Loo of the Year Awards scheme.

As part of the Sainsbury’s development work, which is expected to be completed by the autumn, the 37-space district council car park in King Edward Street will be closed temporarily, to be replaced on completion of the extension work by a new car park of the same size, and a brand new bus shelter.

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