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Bridport Town Council to discuss bid for East Street toilet block
12:00pm Saturday 14th September 2013 in News
IF Bridport Town Council took over the redundant toilet block in East Street it would need to find £20,000 a year to do so – and that does not include the cost of buying or renovating the buildings.
Bridport councillors on the finance and general purposes committee were due to discuss a proposal to bid for the block, which has a guide price of £30,000, at auction on October 10.
West Dorset District Council is selling the building but has withdrawn its planning application to tear it down and replace it with two three-bedroom homes.
Town clerk Bob Gillis said councillors needed to consider the purchase price might be higher than £30,000 – toilets could cost £20,000 a year and money would need to be found for renovation.
Mr Gillis suggested there were other ways to provide toilets in the town, such as a community toilet scheme the district council proposed in Dorchester in 2012.
Wetherspoon spokesman Eddie Gershon said: “Towns are much better off with public loos, since not everybody likes to go into pubs.
“A scheme like this can cause problems for licence holders of supervision, fear of drug use and many other issues.
Mervyn Ashford, of the Beach and Barnicott, said: “The council should be prepared to maintain the East Street toilets as another facility in town.”
Billy Lintell, marketing manager at The Bull Hotel, said: “We have only have two toilets which is only just sufficient for our restaurant and two bars and often have whole hotel book-outs so it would be inappropriate to have random members of the public wandering through.
A spokesman for West Dorset District Council said the pilot community toilet schemes had not gone ahead in Dorchester.
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