Negotiations under way over future of Sheringham Tourist Information Centre and public toilets

Rhodri Oliver, who represents Sheringham on North Norfolk District Council. Rhodri Oliver, who represents Sheringham on North Norfolk District Council.

Wednesday, March 5, 2014
12:26 PM

Councillors and traders should negotiate for more public toilets in the centre of Sheringham if taken over by a heritage railway attraction.

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That was the message from the town council after its members, and residents, were told last night about potential plans for the North Norfolk Railway to take over the running of the Tourist Information Centre and toilet block from North Norfolk District Council.

NNDC director Nick Baker said the council was in discussion with Trevor Eady, general manager of the railway,

If plans from the railway were approved by district council, the current toilet block and information centre would be rebuilt to be part of the station and would cover the same area as the current building.

NNDC would provide the capital costs for the rebuild, to be decided, and if approved the facilities could be constructed this winter over six months. Temporary toilets would be put up during building work.

Staff from the railway would look after the toilets and information centre and an agreement would be drawn up so the new building continued to be used for those purposes.

Mac McGinn said: “The current level of toilets is inadequate. We should be negotiating for more toilet facilities.”

There were concerns about what would happen if the railway got into financial difficulty but Rhodri Oliver, district councillor for Sheringham, said the tourist attraction was “financially secure”.

He said: “The Tourist Information Centre in Sheringham provides a crucial role in the experience of visitors to the town and is well used by residents. We are delighted that railway has shown an interest in running the service so that it remains for years to come a valued and ever-improving asset for the town.”

9 comments

  • Callum, As the council is not under any obligation to provide public toilets, I am not sure what you mean by "justifiable cost." The TIC which takes up about half building is only open for 6 Months of the year. A lot of money has been invested in all the public toilets in the town over the last 8 years, and sadly the reason the toilets close so early, is down to the amount of vanalism that tends to take place in the evennings.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Same size, same facilities, no doubt unchanged opening hours and also, the current building is hardly outdated is it? Certainly not screaming out for a rebuild. If the railway want to run them just let them take on the existing one?

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    Callum Ringer

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • The 're-build' will probably entail blocking the current entrances and opening new ones only accessible from the platform, which will require a 'platform ticket' to be able to use them, usual money grabbing activity by various shylocks.

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    backwoodsman

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • A great time to re design and improve the facilities, lets have for example, baby changing facilities which can be used by both parents instead of hidding them away in the ladys toilets, and it would also be nice to be able to wash your hands with soap and hot water.

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    Hugh

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

  • If you need a new bathroom in your home, you don't knock it down and rebuild it, do you?

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Hugh, you make some good suggestions for improvements, but both can be done without a costly rebuild. In terms of justifiable cost, both the toilets by the arch and the toilets on the Windham street junction are older so why not invest there? Or refurbish all of the existing blocks and increase opening with the money?

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Callum, The toilet facilities are in a relatively modern building, however the facilities are now of a poor standard and need to be improved, they are not a good advert for a town that relies on tourism, so I think a redesigned new building that meets the present day needs, is a wise investment in the future of Sheringham.

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    Hugh

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Hugh, Sheringham is a town which relies on tourism, so inevitably public toilets are something we are going to need in plentiful supply, however, I am sure you will agree, it is a little surprising that the council is planning on rebuilding a relatively modern building of which as far as I'm aware, has no structural reason for doing so. Could this money be better spent?

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    Callum Ringer

    Thursday, March 6, 2014

  • Am I missing something? They plan to rebuild the building (at public expense) to exactly the same size and to contain exactly the same facilities? Then it will be handed over to the railway company. There must be more to it than the article says.

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    Railwatcher

    Wednesday, March 5, 2014

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