Public toilets in Holmfirth and Holme, Kirklees, West Yorkshire, have been saved after the local council decided to transfer their operation and administration to local communities, a local news source reveals.
The Kirklees Cabinet agreed to asset transfer the toilets on Towngate in Holmfirth to Holme Valley Parish Council while the Holme Village Residents Association will formally take over the public loos in Holme village.
Cabinet members had to agree to the freehold asset transfer to both organisations, but they included a covenant to ensure both buildings are restricted to community use and cannot be sold off to net a profit.
In Holmfirth’s case, the parish council will be allowed to lease 30% of the floorspace commercially to cover the costs of running the toilets.
In the Holme case, a covenant will be added that the building must be retained for community use however the residents association wants to retain it as public toilets and have been managing and running them since January 2012.
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