Published: January 12, 2011
Council's £38,000 grant keeps public loos open in Burnham

The future of Burnham and Highbridge's public conveniences has been secured for at least another year after town councillors this week voted in favour of spending £38,000 on keeping them open.

It comes after cash-strapped Sedgemooor District Council said it may not be able to afford keeping public loos open in the towns without the financial help of the Town Council.

Town councillors at a meeting on Monday approved contributing £38,055 towards the cost of maintaining the facilities in the two towns over the coming year.

Alison Griffin, Sedgemoor's Corporate Director, had urged the council to come forward with 50% of the costs of maintaining 'tourist loos' in Burnham and the full cost of Highbridge's Bank Street facilities, which amounted to £13,750.

A town council spokeswoman told "Members agreed that the amount was paid for this year, but that next year Sedgemoor's Portfolio Holder for the Environment should look into the most cost-effective way of continuing the service."

"Three options will be considered in future years - SDC continuing to manage them with funding support from the Town Council; or the Town Council talking on the service and out-sourcing it; or the Town Council working with other parishes to provide a service."


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