March 28, 2008
Anger as district council
puts Burnham-On-Sea public toilets up for sale
chances of a block
of public loos re-opening in Burnham appear to have been flushed
away after Sedgemoor District Council began inviting bids from
firms interested in buying the building.
saying last November that the loos in Sea View Road (pictured)
would re-open for the start of the 2008 tourist season, the district
council has begun inviting offers for what it describes as "the
former public conveniences" off Sea View Road in Burnham.
district council's valuation
states in an advert
on its website that: "Sedgemoor District Council invites
informal offers to be submitted by 12 noon on Wednesday 2nd April
2008 for the former public conveniences."
news that the toilets are up for sale has annoyed town councillors,
who have been assured several times that the facilities would
Clerk Eileen Shaw told Burnham-On-Sea.com on Thursday (March 20th):
"We're not happy about this. We haven't been formally told
in advance that bids were going to be invited. There has been
Deputy Mayor Cllr Neville Jones added: "We know Sedgemoor
wants to sell off the family silver but selling public toilets
in a tourist town like this just isn't on."
on Bunham-On-Sea's discussion forums,
Sedgemoor Leader Duncan McGinty said: "They were inspected
about six weeks ago with a view to opening them for the summer
season, unfortunately they had been vandalised. I am informed
that a report was taken to the Town Council with a few options.
The one recommended and agreed was to close, sell them and ring
fence the money for alternative toilet provision in Burnham."
toilets were temporarily closed in April
2007 amid vandalism and anti-social behaviour and have never
re-opened despite pressure from the town council and tourism bosses,
who argue that more public loos are needed. As
recently as last
November, the district council told Burnham-On-Sea.com that
the loos in Sea View Road "would re-open for the start of
the 2008 tourist season."
recent poll of Sedgemoor Tourism Association members found the
provision of public toilets is one of the top two concerns among
visitors to the town, along with a lack of parking in Burnham.