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Halstead: Town toilets delayed by £70,000 costs
5:00pm Sunday 15th September 2013 in News
PLANS to reopen the public toilets in the town centre have hit another stumbling block as councillors balk at the £70,000 price tag.
Oswick surveyors estimated the work to revamp the Chapel Street toilet block, which closed in 2005 to save money, would cost £73,784.
At last Thursday’s town council meeting members described the costs as “higher than expected” and asked for further investigations to be carried out.
Mayor David Hume said: “It’s a significant amount of money. It’s a figure that we haven’t budgeted for in this year’s budget so we are looking at our options.”
“Having toilets in the town centre is something we would wish to see but the figure that was quoted to us was higher than we expected it to be, which means that further investigation is needed.
“We needed to get a clear indication of figures and costs and having got that indication we are asking the town clerk to now investigate what other options there may be and investigations into whether there are cheaper options we haven’t discussed yet.”
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