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Halstead: Upgrading public toilets ahead of re-opening would cost £70k
3:00pm Monday 9th September 2013 in News
Re-opening public toilets in Halstead town centre could cost taxpayers more than £70,000, according to a worrying new report.
Halstead Town Council instructed surveyors Oswick Ltd to carry out a condition survey on the toilet block in Chapel Street car park ahead of its potential re-opening.
The toilets, which closed in 2005 as a cost-cutting measure, have come back onto the town council’s agenda following requests from residents.
Re-opening them is seen by some as a way of improving the struggling town centre, with Halstead’s town team, which has been tasked with improving the High Street, also suggesting good public toilets would be an asset to the town.
However, the condition report has seemingly dealt a blow to hopes of a speedy resolution and revealed the necessary drainage and building works would cost an estimated £73,784.
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