These portable loos have arrived on Parliament Street – on the site of the demolished Splash Palace

The temporary loos on Parliament Street. Photographs: Richard McDougall
27 Jun 2020 @ 12.45 pm
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What goes around, comes around.

These are the latest additions to York city centre – portable toilets on Parliament Street.

They are located on the same spot where a permanent public toilet block stood for many years – famously nicknamed Splash Palace by residents.

Splash Palace, looking resplendent in 2009. Photograph © Google Street View
A place to go

The blocks are also being put in St Sampson’s Square.

The temporary loos are part of York council’s recovery plans as the city centre reopens after the coronavirus lockdown.

A council report said: “Recognising the hospitality trade is increasingly operating as take away facilities with no public access to the inside of the property the number of toilets available for people in the city centre is reduced.

“To facilitate economic recovery additional toilets are being provided. These are plumbed in toilets, a ramp will be provided for step free access.”

The toilets cost £595 a week for the first week – then £375 for all following weeks the blocks are in place.

They will be welcomed by residents who have complained about people urinating in the street and in Tower Gardens in recent days.