A petition protesting about the closure of Whitehaven's public toilets has been handed in to Copeland Council.
Norman Humphreys, from Cleator Moor, collected 2,053 signatures from locals and visitors during the Whitehaven Festival in June after declaring it was a 'disgrace' that the toilets were shut:
The Lake District National Park Authority have said the opening of newly refurbished toilets in Hawkshead shows a genuine commitment towards improving local facilities while also helping to protect the wider environment.
The LDNPA, Hawkshead Parish Council and local tradesmen worked together to revamp the loos to the tune of £60,000. The National park’s Head of Property Services, Martin Curry, told the local community the development represented a show of what partnership working can achieve.
“This is the latest in a series of improvements to national park toilets and shows that we want to ensure our villages are both well-kept and well provided for.
By financing a whole series of modern energy-saving efficiencies, including skylights and air flush toilets, we have also cut down energy costs and so invested in the wider environment,”
The toilet improvement programme will move on to the villages of Buttermere and Grasmere later this year.
Bill Smith from Windermere Community Care Trust says it's vital that the public toilets remain open as a service for thousands of visitors to the Lakes.
Bowness Bay toilets will re-open today after a major refurbishment.
Bowness and Windermere community care trust took over the running of these and three other toilets blocks after they faced closure following council cuts.
All of the public conveniences are undergoing refurbishment and in total the Trust will be investing £277,000 ito complete the work.