Council given two month deadline for final decision on public toilets

Long Stratton has two months to decision whether to take over responsibility for the toilets in Swan

Long Stratton has two months to decision whether to take over responsibility for the toilets in Swan Lane. Picture: Simon Parkin - Credit: Simon Parkin

Long Stratton has been given a two month deadline to make a final decision on whether its wants to take over management of its public toilets.

Plans to redevelop the public toilets building in Long Stratton into shops had prompted an outcry. P

Plans to redevelop the public toilets building in Long Stratton into shops had prompted an outcry. Picture: Simon Parkin - Credit: Simon Parkin

South Norfolk Council is divesting responsibility for the upkeep of its public toilets to parish councils however Long Stratton Council had twice refuse to take over the toilet block in Swan Lane.

The district council subsequently approved plans to convert the building into shops or food outlets with a single unisex loo sparking a public outcry.

Now after talks South Norfolk has given the parish council until May 31 to make a decision on whether to take over the toilets on the same terms as it offered a year ago.

Becky Buck, clerk to Long Stratton Council, said: 'South Norfolk agreed to reopen talks on the matter of Long Stratton Council taking ownership of the central toilets. We now have two months to agree a deal. Thank you to all parishioners who signed petitions, wrote to the council and local MPs and voiced their concerns on the matter.'

The district council has also held talks with social enterprise Britannia Enterprises, which runs cafes, shops and a pub in Norwich offering mentoring and training to prisoners and ex-prisoners, over options for the toilet building.