Sponsor needed to secure future of Dovedale toilets

A Derbyshire park authority is calling for sponsors to help pay for a toilet in a popular walking destination.

The Peak District National Park Authority needs to raise £17,000 to pay for the public convenience at Dovedale as it attempts to cut its budget.

Park spokesman Keith Jennings said it hopes a sponsor will step forward to pay for some of the costs.

The toilets needs a private pumping system to send the waste to the nearest treatment plant more than a mile away.

The Peak District National Park Authority said it had to make 28% cuts in its budget and could no longer afford to operate the facilities in Dovedale.

"We are looking for ways to avoid closing them ... we are looking for sponsors. We are looking for any ideas to keep these toilets open," Mr Jennings said.

A public meeting on the future of the toilets will be held in the village of Thorpe on 1 November.

The toilets are likely to shut in March 2012 if a solution is not found.

They are situated within Dovedale's car park, which is privately owned, with the surrounding land belonging to the National Trust.

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