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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

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Hopes that town's public loos will reopen

Community groups are hoping to reopen the public toilets on Maryport’s promenade.

The toilets were closed in 2010 because they were badly damaged by vandals.

Now, the Solway Trust, a Maryport charity, and the Love Maryport Town Team have joined forces to try and take over ownership of the toilets from Allerdale council.

Both groups believe that if Maryport is to be marketed as a tourist destination with its cycle and coastal walking path, a public toilet on the promenade is essential. They have agreed to work together to explore ways of repairing and running the toilets.

Public toilets are subject to business rates imposed by central government – in Maryport that would cost £1,200 a year.

The groups will look at the option of having a small shop on the site to raise money for the toilets. They will also consider asking the town and district councils for financial assistance and putting out a donations box.

Meanwhile, volunteers have painted and repaired more than half the seats along the promenade.

The Solway Trust, with support from the Love Maryport Town Team, Maryport Town Council and Allerdale Council, turned out last Tuesday evening to repair 22 and paint 15 of the 43 benches.

Anyone interested in helping in the future can call 07885 240942.

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