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Otley traders are caught short by toilet re-fit
A £110,000 revamp of town centre toilets in Otley has left some market traders crossing their legs.
The rebuild is intended to make the vandalism-plagued Orchard Gate toilets (pictured), which will be fully staffed when they re-open, better protected and less costly to run. But some market traders have been caught short by the loss of early morning conveniences – the toilets opened at 7.30am on market days and Sundays – and complained.
Otley Town Council, which runs the Orchard Gate facilities, acknowledges that it was asked by Leeds City Council's markets department to consider setting up portable toilets for the duration of the work.
But it says that would have pushed the cost of the project, due to be completed by the end of November, up further.
Instead, the town council is suggesting that Otley Library, currently opens from 9am on most days, could be opened an hour or so earlier so market traders could use its toilets in the early morning.
The Orchard Gate conveniences, privately owned but taken out on a long-term lease by the previous town council administration, have repeatedly been targeted by vandals for years.
The council hopes the revamp, which began on September 30 and is being funded by a ten-year loan, will finally solve the problem and deliver the facilities the town and its visitors deserve.
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