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Diss Town Council to seek legal advice over Mere's Mouth Toilets

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Mere's Mouth toilet block. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography
Mere's Mouth toilet block. Picture by Mark Bullimore Photography

Diss Town Council is to seek legal advice over the future of the town’s public toilets.

At a full town council meeting last Wednesday, councillors said they would seek advice over the contract to maintain and manage the Mere’s Mouth toilets once it has been refurbished by South Norfolk Council.

They are also to raise concerns over the quality of the district council's refurbishment plans.

Councillor Chris Liggett said: “The concept of the agreement is fine but it is so far away from where we need it to be, and my concern is there is a lot of work to do on it.

“We need to get our own legal advice, go back with an absolute raft of questions and request some clarification over points raised by myself and others.”

Michael Crawford also raised concerns over the quality of the refurbishment plans – prompting Cllr Liggett to add: “I haven’t seen the plans, but we have the advantage of someone with appropriate experience, and the concerns you expressed make me very worried indeed.

“It has been quite acrimonious throughout the summer, which is always unfortunate. But we are only going to get one hit at this.”

The toilet block’s future had been in jeopardy after the town council agreed at first that it should be demolished.

The district council deemed it uneconomical to repair, but did offer £80,000 towards refurbishment costs, if the council took it on.

Following further discussions, the town council agreed to take on maintenance and management after South Norfolk Council carried out the refurbishment, instead.

The idea to demolish the toilets prompted a 1,500 name petition to save it from shop keepers and residents.

However, at last weeks full council meeting, Cllr Liggett, added: “If this was a contractor offering to decorate Diss youth and community centre, we would be demanding a better job,” added Cllr Liggett.

“The fact that the district council is now our colleague in this shouldn’t stop us demanding a more detailed job.”

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