public toilets in Burnham costing tax payers £2,600 a year
payers in Burnham-On-Sea are footing an annual bill of £2,600
for a block of public toilets that have been closed for four years.
District Council has confirmed to Burnham-On-Sea.com this week
that it is funding the lease for the facilities beneath Burnham
Yacht Club even though they have been shut to the public since
toilet block is subject to a lease that runs until March 2015,"
council spokeswoman Sam Elliott explained to Burnham-On-Sea.com.
annual rent of £2,600 is payable until the lease expires.
We have discussed the possibility of an early surrender but the
Sailing Club have indicated a preference to continue to receive
the quarterly rental payment."
councillor Joe Leach, whose ward includes the facilities, criticised
the council for the "ridiculous" situation.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "This is a bit of a surprise. It
is ridiculous that tax payers are having to pay out for facilities
that they're not getting."
also understand that Sedgemoor will have to refurbish the toilets
to hand them back to the Sailing Club - so really the council
should be spending the capital funding now to bring them up to
standard and get them re-open to the public, especially when there
so few toilet facilities in Burnham anyway."
1994 Sedgemoor District Council entered into a 21-year lease to
use the toilets as public conveniences for the community and visitors
to use whilst visiting the south end of The Esplanade.
facilities were not well used and became a site for unsavoury
behaviour; so much so that public use all but ceased. Sedgemoor
District Council, in consultation with the Police, took the view
in 2008 to close the facility to stop that behaviour," added
parties - the council and sailing club - need to agree to an early
terminate of a lease, which is not currently near.
is also in discussions with the club as to the final use of their
space, which will determine in what will need to be done at the
end of the lease period.
spokeswoman added: "In the past 18 years, circumstances have
changed considerably. We took the lease with good intentions.
It is unfortunate that the actions of a few meant that this facility
closed. We are in a legal agreement which means we have to honour
the lease until its termination date. There is nothing we can
do to resolve this situation."