Light hearted posts on social media have celebrated a refurbishment of public toilets in the Craven village of Burnsall, funded in part by the National Park Authority’s Sustainable Development Fund.
“It may seem a little odd,” began an Instagram story by Burnsall’s Riverbank Coffee Hut, “to be posting pictures of loos…But we’re pretty proud of them.”
Clearly bursting to share good news, the story continues: “They’ve been rewired and repaired…The ceilings aren’t sagging anymore … And the windows aren’t broken…The urinal has been fixed (thank God )…And the grab rails/baby change all sorted out.”
The public toilets in Burnsall were earmarked for closure several years ago by the then owner, Craven District Council. Local people struck an agreement with the council to take on the freehold of the site. The Sustainable Development Fund granted £10,000 towards the £13,400 cost of the refurbishment.
Member Champion for Sustainable Development at the National Park Authority, Chris Clark, said: “Public toilets are fundamental to the public’s enjoyment of the National Park and they help sustain the local economy. The Authority itself operates 10 public toilets and we know how much care it takes to keep them going. Congratulations are due to the community in Burnsall for working with the district council to keep open the loos in the village, which is a very popular stopping place for walkers and cyclists.”