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Knocking down the place you spend a penny to pounds

City of York Council

12:00am 6th March 2012

The curtains will fall on the controversial city centre toilets in Parliament Street next week, when City of York Council prepares to demolish the twenty-year old building.

In a move that will save the council approximately £8,000 a year in maintenance costs, contractors will install scaffolding and site fencing next week to prepare the site for demolition.

Demolition works will follow in the same week to remove the block and make way for a new public space providing a boost for York's festivals, markets and public events.

Councillor James Alexander, Labour Leader of City of York Council, said:

"The Splash Palace has been a costly eye sore in the heart of our city centre for too long.

"We are committed to improving the quality of public spaces for visitors, residents and York's economy.  So, this new activity area will be a welcome addition to what the city offers its yearly 7.1 million visitors. The timing is perfect for this summer of festivals including York's Chocolate Festival (6-9 April) and, of course, a fantastic performance space for the city's first ever Buskival (2-3 June).

"As part of out Reinvigorate York scheme, we will be consulting residents on the future use of this space after the summer."

Most of the materials from the building will either be salvaged, reused or recycled. The intention is to recover the clock tower, roof ridges and other parts of the building where possible.

The remaining masonry from the demolished building will be crushed and the stone will also be reused. Demolition and repaving works are scheduled to be finished before the Mayor Making event held in May.

It is anticipated that the hours of work are likely to be carried out on weekdays between 7.30am and 7pm and that vehicular movement for contract vehicles will be carefully managed. There are no planned road closures.


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