The Matlock Bath 'Spend a Penny' project

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A consortium has been formed by community groups in the village led by the Matlock Bath Development Association to build a new toilet facility in the village. To be sited close to the Pavilion and at the entrance to Derwent Gardens, this facility will provide all year-round high quality unisex cubicles, a second more traditional facility for use at busy times such as weekends, bank holidays and during events and ‘changing places’ toilet. To cover running costs of the facility, a small charge will be made for use. Added to the build will also be a tourist information point with some 24hour access.

To fund the building project, the consortium is applying for grant funding from the RDPE Growth Fund for Rural Tourism Infrastructure and to manage the facility and other work the consortium wishes to do in the village, a grant from the Big Lottery partnership fund. Further funding will be raised by Accessible Derbyshire towards the ‘changing places’ unit, a state of the art facility that can cater for the needs of those with serious disabilities.

However, we also need the help of the many visitors to the village in two ways. Firstly, we need those who, like us, feel that such a facility is crucial to the village to please offer your support here.  Secondly, we are collecting pennies (and tuppences) at all of our support points in the village so if you can donate any coppers to this good cause, please do so on your next visit to the village.

The community consortium consists of Matlock Bath Development Association, The Grand Pavilion, Matlock Bath Town Team, The Peak District Mining Museum, Accessible Derbyshire, Matlock Bath Bowling Club and Matlock Bath Parish Council and is supported by Marketing Peak District and Derbyshire.