This is a copy of the update posted on the Friends of Memorial Park web site www.marplememorialpark.org.uk
about the ongoing discussions to keep the park toilets open:
On Friday 15 July a second meeting took place between Cllr Shan Alexander, Environmental Officers from the council and representatives of Marple Community Council, Marple Carnival Committee, Marple Veteran Bowling Club, Marple Civic Society and Friends of Marple Memorial Park.
The council have reviewed the ideas and suggestions discussed at the meeting on 10 June and have made progress by identifying a solution to the cleaning of the toilets on weekdays that will utilise the same resources that service the Senior Citizens Hall, Library and Council Offices toilets.
It was agreed that the Veterans Bowling Club will have a key to the toilets and shall take responsibility for opening and closing them on Wednesday evenings in the summer when they hold their matches.
Opening and closing of the toilets during weekdays is currently being discussed internally within the council. If this can be concluded successfully it will secure use of the toilets from Monday to Friday each week. A further meeting has been arranged for mid September to review progress and in the meantime the toilets will continue to be cleaned, opened and closed under the existing arrangements until the end of September.
It is the view of the groups represented at the meeting that when solutions to the weekday usage of the toilets are in place and the facilities secured it will be possible to investigate ways to open the toilets on weekends and special occasions too.
The situation regarding other public toilets in the area were also discussed at this meeting and these are summarised below. If you would like to comment on any of these please start a new topic:Oldknow Road / Recreation Ground
This toilet is to be closed. It is expected that the building will put up for sale.Derby Way
The council’s current plan is to close this toilet once three community toilets are established. Two agreements are in place with premises on Derby Way and Stockport Road and a third is under discussion. The group stressed to the council the importance of replacing the existing disabled toilet and baby changing facilities with equivalent or better services and the council acknowledged this. The two premises currently agreed do not have disabled access or baby changing facilities. If the toilet is closed it is planned to demolish it and increase parking spaces.Rosehill / Middlewood Way
This toilet is currently closed due to vandalism and the council have been holding off on repairs pending the establishment of community toilets to replace it. At present only one community toilet has been established in this general area at the Marple Tavern and investigation of other options is ongoing. It was suggested that the toilet must be repaired if alternatives are not in place within three months and the council acknowledged this. The council is to hold a separate meeting with Marple Carnival Committee and Allotment users to discuss these toilets further.Mellor
The toilet is to be closed. Alternative facilities will be provided by the Devonshire Arms.