July 25 2014 Latest news:
Wednesday, March 5, 2014
Councillors and traders should negotiate for more public toilets in the centre of Sheringham if taken over by a heritage railway attraction.
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.”