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Toilet refurb branded white elephant

By Ed Elliot, Penistone Reporter Thursday 27th February 2014

PLANS for an £18,000 refurbishment of Penistone's public toilets have been blasted as a load of rubbish by the town's deputy mayor.

Penistone Town Council has agreed to gut the existing facilities, which include separate men's and women's toilets, and install a single pay-to-use unisex toilet, with room to put in a second one at a later date.

But Harry Barron, the only town councillor to oppose the project, said he would rather see the toilets, on Market Place, stay as they are.

"We have duty to the public as a council to make sure any project we take on benefits the public. This load of rubbish falls far short of that.
"If we use this Penistone Town Council will become a laughing stock and deservedly so."

The town council took over the lease of the toilets from Barnsley Council in November. The new facilities, which will cost 20p to use, will include baby-changing facilities and disabled access.

Funding for the project includes £8,000 from ISG Pearce, the company which built Tesco, and £10,000 of town council money.


The full story appears in the Penistone edition of the Barnsley Chronicle, dated February 21.

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Posted by David Wood I Sat 1st Mar 2014 at 4:20pm

I totally agree with the former mayor Harry Barron it’s a complete waste of money £18.000 spent and all the town gets is 1 toilet! Why did BMBC let Penistone take the toilets over in the first place, it’s obvious to cut costs. So Penistone now have the partial cost of the refurbishment and who’s going to pay for the upkeep of the interior and the general maintenance of the exterior?

What a waste of money especially when there are toilet facilities in the town’s many cafes, pubs and at Tesco. The town council need to look at the footpaths around the Co-Op store before someone ends up suing the council due to the uneven surface there, and the dips in the road outside the Doctors Surgery where people often get drenched by passing cars.

Posted by Eric I Sat 1st Mar 2014 at 8:21pm


Think very carefully, what you are saying is; make the shopkeepers and other small business owners pay to clean up your mess, when you are in Penistone town, when they struggle enough, just to stay afloat. Unless of course, you agree to purchase something from that shop, pub, or store !

Are you that person who thinks, everything should come to you for free?

OR, maybe that person who doesn't think at all.

Posted by David Wood I Sun 2nd Mar 2014 at 4:30pm


I own a restaurant and we have had many people come in to ask to use the toilet and we have always said yes! Likewise, we have had people in our shops that have needed a glass of water and we give it to them freely as its their rights to water as long as its from the tap!

As for spending £18.000 (Eighteen Thousand Pounds) to get 1 toilet, I stand by what I've said it's a complete waste of money in my opinion and the money could be put to far better use or saving for another project more worthy of that level of spend. ct