Tanner Row public toilets plan set for approval

Tanner Row public toilets plan set for approval

Tanner Row public toilets plan set for approval

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PLANS to relocate public toilets from Tanner Row, in York, to the redeveloped Roman House on Rougier Street are set for approval next week.

An application is due before the city council’s planning committee on Thursday, which would allow the existing toilet block to be demolished.

Developers managing the conversion of neighbouring Roman House into apartments want to use the site for parking, bin storage and cycle storage and instead provide new public toilets in Roman House.

Officials have recommended the plans get the go ahead, but neighbours and the local Micklegate Planning Panel have all objected to the proposed new site.

The Micklegate panel has written to the committee and said they do not object to the Tanner Row block being demolished.

“However, we do object to the proposed relocation of the public conveniences to Rougier Street.

“It is the view of the panel that tThis is an inappropriate location for such services. It is the view of the panel that tThe proposed public conveniences would reduce the amenity of what is already a very busy pavement area because of the many bus stops here.”

A neighbouring shop owner has also objected, worried that his customers will have to deal with bad smells from the toilets next door to himhis property.

But the planning officials have said the current building adds nothing to the street scene on Tanner Row, and the new toilets in Roman House would be available 24 hours a day — and accessible for disabled people.

A wider project to improve public toilets around York, costing £650,000, has already seen renovations take place at the facilities at Union Terrace and Nunnery Lane car parks.

Earlier in August, the go-ahead was given for replacement toilets in Exhibition Square. The old block has been demolished and work has begun on replacement facilities and a shop on the site.

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8:14am Fri 29 Aug 14

nearlyman says...

.....oh sh*t !!
.....oh sh*t !! nearlyman
  • Score: -9

9:10am Fri 29 Aug 14

cogitationes meae says...

More city centre facilities needed too
Silver Street(£!!) and St Leonard's not enough
More city centre facilities needed too Silver Street(£!!) and St Leonard's not enough cogitationes meae
  • Score: 7

10:50am Fri 29 Aug 14

the original Homer says...

At last, we've found something the Council can actually talk about with authority. If anyone knows how to talk shi.......
At last, we've found something the Council can actually talk about with authority. If anyone knows how to talk shi....... the original Homer
  • Score: 4

12:23pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Dave Ruddock says...

St Leonard's little project, looks to be at a standstill, and on the Convenience front, they have become "Inconveniences, far to few, charged and already in a bad state. If similar setups to Silver Street were used. Even the York Station has onsite people. as for this,m (But the planning officials have said the current building adds nothing to the street scene on Tanner Row) nor does the Council offices. Theses Toilets have been in situ for years and now Planning Officials have to work in the area, put a toilets block in the Councils garden.
St Leonard's little project, looks to be at a standstill, and on the Convenience front, they have become "Inconveniences, far to few, charged and already in a bad state. If similar setups to Silver Street were used. Even the York Station has onsite people. as for this,m (But the planning officials have said the current building adds nothing to the street scene on Tanner Row) nor does the Council offices. Theses Toilets have been in situ for years and now Planning Officials have to work in the area, put a toilets block in the Councils garden. Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -4

1:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Howard Green says...

The best set of Public Toilets are situated at Monks Cross. Admittedly they are probably funded by the Retail Park owners but they are an excellent example of what can be achieved if some thought is given to the problem. The facilities are always seem to be clean and well maintained and a credit to whoever runs/controls them.

The City Centre situation for visitors is not good and it is unfair to expect retailers to take the strain. Surely for a tourist city we should be doing a lot better. The Silver Street example is poor value whatever the council paid for it. I am very surprised the council with all it's highly paid expertise cannot find a suitable solution.
The best set of Public Toilets are situated at Monks Cross. Admittedly they are probably funded by the Retail Park owners but they are an excellent example of what can be achieved if some thought is given to the problem. The facilities are always seem to be clean and well maintained and a credit to whoever runs/controls them. The City Centre situation for visitors is not good and it is unfair to expect retailers to take the strain. Surely for a tourist city we should be doing a lot better. The Silver Street example is poor value whatever the council paid for it. I am very surprised the council with all it's highly paid expertise cannot find a suitable solution. Howard Green
  • Score: 6

2:44pm Fri 29 Aug 14

NoMorePlease says...

A tourist city shold have decent toilets. Make enough of the tourists, channel it into basic facilities
A tourist city shold have decent toilets. Make enough of the tourists, channel it into basic facilities NoMorePlease
  • Score: 6

3:46pm Fri 29 Aug 14

Pinza-C55 says...

I thought they were going to build 2 "mews houses" here ?
The current toilets are mainly a base for vagrants and druggies but I think relocating beside the already appalling bus stand will make it intolerable for bus users. They need to rethink this one before a single brick is laid.
I thought they were going to build 2 "mews houses" here ? The current toilets are mainly a base for vagrants and druggies but I think relocating beside the already appalling bus stand will make it intolerable for bus users. They need to rethink this one before a single brick is laid. Pinza-C55
  • Score: 1

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