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New public toilet plans proposed after spate of vandalism in Swaffham

A public consultation has been launched to upgrade toilet facilities following a recent spate of vandalism in a West Norfolk town.

Swaffham Town Council are consulting the public this month on plans to upgrade the current facilities adjacent to The Shambles in the town.

Running until November 30, the consultation comes in light of misuse and vandalism to the current facilities.

Vandalism at the Swaffham Recreation Ground toilets
Vandalism at the Swaffham Recreation Ground toilets

Thousands of pounds had been raised for work on the facilities, which were abused including the soap dispenser being ripped off the wall and paper towels being filled in the sink in the gent's toilet.

In order to combat the problem, the council has proposed the number of toilets being reduced to two as part of new plans.

These will both be gender neutral with one toilet having a baby changing facility.

And a second stage of the project would see the remaining space converted into an office space to be rented out.

The council state the overall aim of the project is "to have the building cost neutral, so that it is never a burden on the council taxpayers in the years to come but can provide a service to the town in the town centre for the forseeable future".

It was also stated the funds would come from the Tesco Millngate Section 106 money.

However, during a town council meeting on Wednesday evening, it was discussed that the council would be resubmitting a claim for £117,623 reimbursement as part of the Tesco Millngate statutory agreements.

Residents4Residents councillor Ian Pilcher said: "If they do call it in and there is any blockage we would have to seek consultation. We are going to get this £117,000 as we have said that in the submission.

"If we can get the £117,000 back we are all delighted."

Feedback on the toilets proposal should be submitted to town clerk Richard Bishop at townclerk@swaffhamtowncouncil.gov.uk, in writing to the Town Hall, or through the councillor surgeries every Saturday in the Market Place from 10am to 1pm.

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