You may be aware that Eden District Council (EDC) is again proposing to end the funding
of the public conveniences in the village, this time from the end of March 2012.
The Parish Council has set up a small working group to:
(i) Oppose the closure and encourage the EDC to retain the toilets
(ii) Prepare a business plan so that the toilets can be run locally probably under
the auspices of the Parish Council.
Both pieces of work will be carried out. We have already had some support from Rory
Stewart MP who has written:
‘I do believe that Dufton occupies a unique position within our region as a particularly
popular walking destination, and do not think that the same 'one size fits all' prescription
can be applied universally to all the proposed closures -
such as Threkeld, Glenridding or Shap. Cuts such as the ones we are
experiencing now need to achieve an important balance; in the case of
Dufton, the potential loss of income from tourism and damage to
businesses must be weighed up against the cost of running this
However it is accepted that EDC is in some difficulty with the cuts imposed upon
it and so the working party is looking at the costs of running the toilets, and then
at how it might be funded.
What we need to do:
Many people have expressed views very strongly about the need to retain the toilets.
The Group needs quotes and to be able to reflect the strength of opinion so please
send your views, ideas, comments or questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org This email
address has been set up to collect comments from the village and will be looked at
and responded to daily.
The Working Party Members are:
The Working Group will keep you up to date through this web site following the next
meeting which is on February 28th 2011