Decision details

Milnthorpe Public Conveniences - SLDC Funding Contribution

Decision status: Recommendations Approved

Is Key decision?: No

Is subject to call in?: Yes


(Director of Strategy, Innovation and Resources)




In 2010, following a review of South Lakeland’s public conveniences service, Cabinet agreed that the Council would commit to retaining ten ‘strategic conveniences’, fund a community toilet scheme and offer the remaining public conveniences to Parish Councils or community organisations for them to operate. In 2011, Cabinet agreed that the ten ‘strategic conveniences’, retained by the Council, would be managed by the respective Parish or Town Councils with some funding provided by the Council.


A further review in 2016 considered the future funding requirements and arrangements for the provision of the ‘strategic conveniences’ covered by the existing funding agreements and from 2017/18 five year funding agreements were put in place. However, the 2016 review recognised that the Milnthorpe Parish Council agreement was still current and would need to be addressed when it expired in March 2019.


The proposal was for Milnthorpe public conveniences to continue to be provided and managed by Milnthorpe Parish Council and for the Council to enter into a new three year agreement with Milnthorpe Parish Council, which would ensure that all such ‘strategic conveniences’ grant funding agreements would be considered at the same time, during the financial year 2021/22




(1)        The proposed three year financial contribution for Milnthorpe Parish Council (from 1 April 2019) be approved.


(2)        Officers be authorised to negotiate the three year funding agreement between the Council and the Parish Council.


Reason for Decision


This will support the Council Plan’s Economy and Culture Priority – “Working with local communities to improve, manage and promote accessible public realm”; and “developing town centres which are attractive and accessible for living, working, culture and leisure”.


Alternative Options Considered and Rejected


To continue funding at the current level for another five year funding agreement. This was not recommended as it would be preferable for the ‘strategic convenience’ grant funding agreements to be coterminous with other such agreements.


To stop funding altogether. This was not recommended as it would be inconsistent with the approach for the other ‘strategic conveniences’ and there would be a risk that the ‘strategic conveniences’ would be handed back with the Council facing a further decision on their operation.

Publication date: 07/06/2019

Date of decision: 06/06/2019

Decided at meeting: 06/06/2019 - Delegated Executive Decisions

Effective from: 17/06/2019

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