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Expert reports reveal condition of Mere's Mouth toilet block

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Mere Street, Diss. Picture Mark Bullimore. (2279411)
Mere Street, Diss. Picture Mark Bullimore. (2279411)

Two expert reports on the state of the Mere’s Mouth toilets in Diss say that, without underpinning the foundations, the building does not have a long-term future.

South Norfolk Council had hoped to hand over ownership of the toilet block to the town council in March, along with a lump sum of £80,000 to aid its refurbishment.

However a structural survey commissioned by the district council led to the block being described as “beyond economic repair,” with the building set to be demolished.

The Diss Express has now seen copies of two surveys, upon which the town council's controversial decision was based.

Neither report says how much time would be left for the toilets without underpinning and no exact cost can be placed on it at this stage.

It would depend on what was discovered as any work progressed.

One of the surveys says underpinning would start at £25,000 –a cost which it describes as “disproportionately high”.

Full report and analysis in this week's edition, out now.

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