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Meeting to discuss 'next steps' for Mere's Mouth toilet

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Diss, Norfolk. Mere's Mouth in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (2348879)
Diss, Norfolk. Mere's Mouth in Diss. Picture: Mark Bullimore Photography (2348879)

A meeting is to be held to discuss the next steps for the future of the Mere’s Mouth toilets.

South Norfolk Council are due to meet Diss Town Council tomorrow, Tuesday

The district council had hoped to hand over ownership of the toilet block in March, along with a lump sum of £80,000 for refurbishment.

It is part of a cost-cutting exercise involving similar arrangements across the district and follows cuts to central government grants.

It also needs to decommission 63 per cent of street lighting provision across the district. A town council task group is looking into which street lights should be saved in Diss after being advised the district council needs to offload 37 per cent of those it provides.

Kay Mason Billig, cabinet member for environment and recycling at South Norfolk Council, said: “We have been working closely with the town council over the future of the toilets.

“The town council was due to take ownership of the toilets in March, but, following a structural survey that showed the building was beyond economic repair, the town council has decided to ask us to demolish the block.

“We have agreed to keep the toilets open until the end of September to allow the town council to investigate the viability of a community toilet scheme.

“We have also agreed that the balance of the £80,000 will be given to the town council to help pay for the provision of public toilets in the same location.”

At a recent full town council meeting, South Norfolk councillor Graham Minshull advised that the money will “not be there forever.”

A spokesman for South Norfolk Council described the meeting as "operational".

You can read more on the background of this meeting in this week's Diss Express.

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