January 12, 2011
£38,000 grant keeps public loos open in Burnham
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
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.
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.
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.
town council spokeswoman told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "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."
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."