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Northallerton public toilets face closure

The only public toilets in Northallerton could close as councillors considers further budget cuts.

Currently the Applegarth toilets cost Hambleton District Council £31,000 a year to run.

It was hoped Northallerton Town Council would takeover the running of the facilities but the council refused.

District councillors will now consider other options, including closing or selling the toilets.

Hambleton councillors decided to cut £185,000 from the budget by disposing of all eight public toilets in the district earlier this year.

Town and parish councils were asked to takeover their local facilities in return for a one-off grant.

All agreed to do so with the exception of the town council in Northallerton.

Mayor of Northallerton John Coulson said the council was concerned about costs.

"This loo loses around £31,000 a year that amounts to about 10% of the town council's annual budget," he said. "We didn't think it was a burden we could take on."

Hambleton District Council's cabinet will now meet to discuss alternative options and they haven't ruled out closing the facilities in Northallerton.

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