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Harleston residents could be spending pennies at former site of toilets

The old public toilets in Harleston Budgens car park ANL-150225-150346009
The old public toilets in Harleston Budgens car park ANL-150225-150346009

The old public toilet block in Harleston may be closed but residents may soon be spending their pennies there again in the near future.

South Norfolk Council’s cabinet last month discussed the possibility of converting the facilities, which were built more than 50 years ago and located in the Bullock Fair car park, into a small trading unit.

They have been replaced by the state-of-the-art self-cleaning toilets, which cost the taxpayer between £80,000 and £100,000, but the council claims will save nearly £7,000 a year in running costs.

If approved, the refurbishments would be funded from the investment property budget, and it would be hoped the enabling works for the conversions would begin within the next few months.

The plans are set to go to the scrutiny committee on Wednesday for further discussion.

Redenhall with Harleston Town Council chairman Barry Woods told the Diss Express: “A lot of work would have to be done on them to be made suitable to be a retail outlet.

“Bearing in mind their position they could either be very good, or having Budgen’s next to them, not quite so good. It would rather depend on what they were offering.

“I think that they need to be used for something. I think it would be a waste of a building to have nothing there.

“But in terms of exactly what would be there it would rather depend on what you ended up with after they had done their work.

“I have no idea of their intention.

“In terms of (town) council preference, at this stage, I don’t think it’s even been considered, obviously as there is a lot to happen in between.”

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