PUBLIC toilets which have fallen below bog standard are to be permanently closed for business this month.
Derbyshire Dales District Council will close loos in Union Street, while controversial conveniences in Mayfield Road will be shut and then demolished unless someone offers a last gasp reprieve for the troubled toilets.
Ashbourne Town Council had hoped to save the Mayfield Road loos, but costs and maintenance made the plan unfeasible.
However, the town council has offered market traders access to toilets in the Town Hall Other toilets in the town will close this month for the winter, although access to loos will be provided on an ad hoc basis for events such as the fireworks night, late night shopping and Shrovetide.
Derbyshire Dales District Council passed a motion to close the two toilets on September 29 last year, after the town centre superloo was built in Shaw Croft.
A spokesman for the district council said: “As requested by the town council, we allowed the Mayfield Road toilets to stay open for a short while to enable the town council to gauge resident and visitor responses, enabling them to gain more information and make a more informed decision.
“That period has now passed and, as the district council is currently making arrangements to put into place a number of seasonal closures, we intend to use the opportunity to close the Mayfield Road toilets too.
“We don’t have a date for this yet, but they will not be demolished immediately, allowing even more time for anyone to come forward and offer to run them on the district council’s behalf, if they wish to do so.
“We are grateful for the town council’s offer to allow market traders to use the facilities at the Town Hall as a replacement for the Union Street toilets and have agreed to reimburse the town council £250 per annum to cover the costs associated with additional cleaning and supplies.
“The Union Street toilets will be closed during the seasonal closure programme, probably at the end of October when the clocks move back to standard time.” Ashbourne Town Council member, Councillor Alan Hodkinson, said: “I was very disappointed the Mayfield Road toilets are having to close as they are so close to the cemetery.
“The town council would have liked to have taken them over but we haven’t got the facilities or the money to keep them open.
“We are trying to do our bit to support the market traders by giving them access to the toilets in the town hall because we want to keep the market in the town.”