Search

North Norfolk District Council to spend £600,000 on sprucing up public toilet facilities

PUBLISHED: 17:00 03 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:21 04 September 2018

Public toilets in Sheringham in Lushers Passage. 

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Public toilets in Sheringham in Lushers Passage. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Archant Norfolk 2016

Six toilet blocks in North Norfolk are in line for renovation, including two to be completely remodelled.

North Norfolk District Council’s cabinet have agreed to invest £600,000 in its public loos, which will see facilities in Sheringham and Wells rebuilt.

The council currently own 39 sets of public toilets and despite it not being a statutory requirement to provide them, is keen to continue to do so.

Richard Price, cabinet member for property and asset commercialisation, said: “With increasing pressure on finances the upkeep of toilets has failed to keep pace with public expectations, for which I apologise.

“With over 40 years experience in hospitality, I can state categorically that it doesn’t matter how good the food and service is nor how many awards you have won; if the toilets are not scrupulously clean, the customer is unlikely to return.”

The investment will see the toilet facilities on Stearmans Yard in Wells and Lusher’s Passage in Sheringham entirely remodelled.

It will also see significant improvements to the provisions on Queens Road, Fakenham, New Road, North Walsham and Coast Roads in Bacton and Walcott.

The scheme is the first phase of improvements across the council’s 39 public toilet blocks, with these six being the first wave of works.

However, while the improvements were widely supported, some councillors present did express disappointment at some of the blocks that were omitted.

Pauline Grove-Jones, councillor for the Stalham and Sutton ward, said she was unhappy facilities in Stalham had been left off the list.

She said: “I am very pleased to see this happened, however, Stalham has had problems in the past so I’m disappointed we haven’t been included.”

Maggie Prior, councillor for the Holt ward, also voiced frustration that her area had not been included in the first phase of the scheme.

She added: “While I realise it is not a requirement for us to provide toilets, I am disappointed a town the size of Holt is not in the first stage of this.”

Vincent Fitzpatrick, councillor for the Priory ward, welcomed the inclusion of the Stearmans Yard facilities in the scheme.

Other news

Record numbers will sleep outside for a night this week at a Norwich fundraising event for preventing homelessness.

A local football club has received an overwhelming show of support from the local community after their brand new match balls worth around £200 were stolen before they had even been used.

A mother has described the terrifying moment a brick was thrown at her windscreen while she was in a car with her five-month-old baby.

Yesterday, 17:26

One person had to be treated by emergency services after a gas leak incident in north Norfolk.

Most Read

Yesterday, 17:26

One person had to be treated by emergency services after a gas leak incident in north Norfolk.

Read more

A mother has described the terrifying moment a brick was thrown at her windscreen while she was in a car with her five-month-old baby.

Read more
Norfolk Police
Yesterday, 12:37

National road cycling championships will next year be hosted in Norfolk, it has been announced.

Read more

Portraits and silhouettes of soldiers, nurses and munitions workers lined two Norfolk beaches as part of a Remembrance Day tribute by filmmaker Danny Boyle.

Read more
Remembrance Day 2018
Yesterday, 13:59

Five suspects aged as young as 10 have been arrested following criminal damage to a property’s windows, a garden fence and cars in Swaffham on Sunday November 11.

Read more
Norfolk Police

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 12°C

min temp: 7°C

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Fakenham and Wells Times e-edition today
E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Fakenham and Wells Times weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy