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Ledbury to lose toilet block
4:21pm Thursday 10th October 2013 in News
ONE of Ledbury’s two toilet blocks looks certain to close next month as a cost-cutting measure.
But there is at least a possibility that Ledbury could have two sets of public toilets again in under a year, thanks to the Master’s House project.
Herefordshire Council has been in talks with Ledbury Town Council to see whether it might want to take on the toilet block which is set to close, but as yet nothing final has been settled.
If the town council agrees, taking on the block as a devolved service could cost it about £25,000 a year, and that could lead to a rise in its council tax precept.
At last week's full town council meeting in the Market House, Coun Liz Harvey, a Herefordshire councillor for Ledbury, said: “It is confirmed that one toilet block is to close on November 1.”
Coun Harvey, who is also a town councillor, said a decision on what the council planned to do was now “pressing”.
Town councillors heard that it has not been announced yet whether the block to shut will be the one in Bye Street or the one in Church Lane, but Coun Harvey said it would probably be the Bye Street block.
Coun Tony Bradford asked Coun Harvey whether there might be public toilets in the Master’s House, which is undergoing a £2.9 million restoration project.
The mediaeval building will re-house the town library when it opens in late summer 2014.
Coun Harvey said in reply to Coun Bradford: “The Master’s House does have toilet facilities but whether they are designed for public use or otherwise we are yet to find out."
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