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Deadline set for decision on Long Stratton toilet block

By KentOnline reporter

Long Stratton has been given a last chance to take over the soon-to-be town public toilets.

Long Stratton public toilets. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.
Long Stratton public toilets. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography.

The parish council, which after the May elections will be promoted to a town council to reflect Long Stratton’s growth, had twice refused to take over the toilet block from South Norfolk Council.

But the district authority has given it one last chance to change its mind – provided it accepts the terms that were offered a year ago and sticks to a May 31 deadline to make a decision.

“This is not a reopening of negotiations but an opportunity for the parish council to take on responsibility for the toilet facility on the original terms offered by South Norfolk Council,” a spokesman said.

South Norfolk planned to convert the toilets into shops after the parish council refused to to take them on. The parish council launched a petition to save them and argued that circumstances had changed: it now had a full-time maintenance employee to look after the toilets and changes to the business rate would take more than £1,700 a year off the costs.

Chairman Steve Adock said the parish council could not make a commitment until after the May elections and the decision would depend on the new council. “The first meeting after the elections is on May 13 and hopefully the response will be we will adopt the conditions and take the toilets on.”

Although Mr Adcock argued Long Stratton’s case at the district council cabinet meeting, he will not involved when the parish council makes a final decision. He is stepping down after seven years on the council.

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