The Working Group meeting at the end of February was told that Eden District has
shelved the decision to close public toilets across the area, subject to the outcome
of a whole review of spending to be carried out by the interim Chief Executive. There
will be a report in late September. While this is good news in one way in another
it may present problems if, after a delay of 6 months the decision to close is taken,
leaving only 6 months to arrange alternative management.
The Group decided to continue to lobby for the Council not to close the toilets and
to ask the residents to support this by asking candidates in the local election for
their views on the matter to ensure it is a known issue for them to answer. Also,
work will continue to bring the issue to the attention of visitors, to monitor the
number of visitors by sample surveys and use of the email firstname.lastname@example.org
to collect comments. It is also proposed to explore the opening of a twitter account
as means of communicating the issue more widely.
Meeting 28th March 2011:
The twitter account has been set up with the address @duftontoilets. On this it will
be possible to contact followers to build up a group informed about the issues. To
add a comment, go to twitter.com and say your piece. There have been responses to
the email from visitors to the village, willing to give support. The more comments
we get will help with both the campaign and, if necessary, bidding for funds
As the Spring and Summer approach petition and survey slips will be put in the toilets
to get visitors views and comments which can be used in a publicity campaign to keep
pressure on the EDC during the period of the review. The Youth Hostel is to be approached
to give survey sheets to visitors. A short survey of the residents in the village
is to be conducted to elicit comments for a similar purpose. Members of the Group
will be monitoring visits by coaches and noting when the village is particularly
busy. Those with cameras will take photographs to give supporting evidence, any more
offers of photos of the village at busy times during the coming months will be gratefully
received via the email, a note of the date and time the photo was taken will be helpful.
There have been a series of letters in the Herald about closures in other parts of
the District and one member of the Group has been asked to write to the Editor to
give Dufton’s viewpoint.
The email and twitter are easy ways to keep in touch and we hope that you will avail
yourselves of these ways of making comments and suggestions to the group.
The Working Party Members are:
Morgan Donnelly (Chair)
The Working Group will keep you up to date through this web site following the next
meeting which is on April 27th 2011.