23 July 2024

Village’s toilets to close ‘for safety reasons’

Coastal erosion in Mappleton has forced East Riding Council to close the village’s public toilets months ahead of schedule and replace them with temporary facilities.

The council said it needed to shut the clifftop public toilets in the Cliff Lane car park because coastal erosion had now caused a safety risk to the building.

The toilets will be closed and fenced off from Wednesday, July 10. 

Three alternative temporary toilets will be installed near the entrance to the car park on the same day.

The temporary toilets will be open until September. In the meantime, the council is working closely with utility companies to ensure new toilets can be introduced and connected as quickly as possible.

The existing toilet building had been earmarked for demolition in September, but it will now be taken down later this month.

Councillor Barbara Jefferson, the council’s cabinet member for heritage and coastal, said: “Unfortunately erosion has affected the structural integrity of the toilet building so we need to close it now, much earlier than we expected to.

“We want to thank people for their understanding and for bearing with us while we provide a more permanent solution.

“We are committed to providing public amenities for our residents and visitors and this remains the case here.”

The council is currently working through the Changing Coasts East Riding project – part of the national flood and coastal innovation programme, managed by the Environment Agency – to explore options for more sustainable and future-proof facilities for Mappleton to help it cope with the impacts of coastal erosion for residents and visitors.