Richmondshire public toilets to be upgraded

The public toilets in Muker.

A £100,000 plus programme to upgrade Richmondshire’s 14 public toilets has been given the green light.

District councillors expect to see the work completed by the end of March next year – ready for the tourist season to kick in.

It will include improvements ranging from renewal of washing facilities through to internal and external decoration at the facilities in Richmond, Reeth, Hawes, Leyburn, Muker, Middleham, Gunnerside, Keld, Cattterick Garrison, Bainbridge, Grinton and Langthwaite.

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Councillor Yvonne Peacock, Leader of the Council, explained: “We introduced a small charge for using our public toilets – and that has placed these much valued facilities on a more sustainable footing.

“Now we are ploughing money into improving the facilities – upgrading them for our residents and tourists.

“The improvement work will start in the coming weeks and be completed by the end of March ensuring that these facilities continue to be fit for purpose moving forward.”


  1. Having visited the area for more than a decade and particularly found the public toilets in Reeth very clean, I was disappointed this year to find that even though 20p was charged, the toilets were quite filthy and that’s a first.
    If the same standards were held, I wouldn’t mind the fee, but this was pretty much ‘start paying and we’ll stop cleaning’.
    It’s nice to know the money is used for upgrading, though I think the quality was good enough and money is better sment on cleaning.

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