Lavatory humour marked the official opening of two new toilet blocks this week when North Norfolk District Council (NNDC) chairman John Perry-Warnes light-heartedly declared each “open for business”.

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Mr Perry-Warnes first snipped the ribbon on Tuesday morning to open Sheringham’s state-of-the-art east promenade block, estimated to have cost £85,000-£90,0000.

He then travelled down to North Walsham and performed the honours at the town’s refurbished block, in the Vicarage Street car park, which cost about £60,000,

“This is going to be a huge relief to everyone,” Mr Perry-Warnes joked in North Walsham where the toilets were originally due to open in March.

Motorists endured weeks of disruption as workmen dug up nearby Vicarage Street and Bacton Road on three separate occasions, twice in connection with the toilet installation.

As previously reported, NNDC blamed Norfolk County Council for failing to co-ordinate the utility companies more efficiently while the county council pointed the finger at NNDC for late notification of work needed.

But this week’s message from NNDC representatives and North Walsham’s mayor, Dave Robertson, was that the toilets’ opening would at last trigger the redevelopment of the long-standing 4 Market Street eyesore.

The old butchery toilets, behind derelict and semi-demolished 4 Market Street, can now be closed and NNDC is negotiating with the Market Street property’s owner, Mark Tentori, to sell him the site, giving him more scope to redevelop the area.

District councillor Eric Seward said: “We must observe due process but, if we can’t get it resolved in this way, then we will consider compulsory purchase. This situation has gone on for far too long.”

Mr Robertson added: “The toilet saga’s been frustrating but I appreciate it’s not all the district council’s fault and what’s important is that we have got something which is better than we had, and which will allow 4 Market Street to be developed at long last.”

Sheringham’s new block, which includes a family shower room, baby-changing and disabled facilities, and a drinking fountain, has so impressed members of the Sheringham Enhancement Group that they have already entered it for this year’s national Loo of the Year competition.

“We’ve been campaigning for these toilets for six years and we had become quite finicky about what we wanted but we are delighted with the result,” said group leader Avril Duke-Millar.

“Everything is just ‘Wow!’ about them - they are super: large, eco-friendly, and they look like beach huts.”

9 comments

  • "ouch "thats put the exspenses claims up what a waste of time all that fuss just to open new toilets pity they dont use some of that money on demolishing the old tourist info office in cromer !!!!!!!!

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    i am mostly wrong??

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • when i go in NNDC loos there is no hot water and tiny dirty bars of soap.

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    bookworm

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • It is lovely to have new loos, but it's about time the ladies loos near Sheringham Station were repaired. One out of the five loos has been unusable and locked for the best part of a year now, and there is nearly always a queue for the other four. It's surely not that difficult to repair or replace a lavatory? I bet if it were the Gents, all those male councillors would soon take action!

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    julygirl

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Good news for both towns but what a pity both projects took so long. On a side note, there are 15 male politicians in these photographs. Are we suffering from a lack of local female politicians andor did NNDC not consider inviting some females too?

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    Jono

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • Today's opening concludes the long saga to replace the east prom loos and is a welcome step forward to re-generate the east prom. The new block is a colourful and innovative addition to the promenade and will be a useful facility for beachgoers.However, the priority is now to make sure that the council installs the new eco-friendly lighting on time as the project has been beset by disappointing setbacks.

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    Richard Smith

    Tuesday, July 17, 2012

  • So that's the elusive Rhodri Oliver! Does he need sat nav to direct him to the Council offices in Cromer?

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    Wandering Crab

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • I'm sure Sheringham are very happy with their new £90k state-of-the-art, eco friendly toilets, with showers, baby changing facilities, drinking fountain etc. And made to look like traditional pretty beach huts to boot. Lovely. So why, for only 50% more, did Sheringham get all of that, when North Walsham got an old, refurbished, second-hand, COIN OPERATED ugly little toilet block? And why on earth did it cost us taxpayers £60k?!! Once again, North Walsham is given yet another bad deal. Plus it's on the car park and not even in the town centre where one is needed! I hope they are only a temporary measure until a PROPER loo, eco friendly, state-of-the-art etc etc can be provided for North Walsham town centre!

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    Pete Bogg

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

  • "15 male politicians in these photographs" Jono, Please can we have a re-count? Thanks

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    Hugh

    Friday, July 20, 2012

  • pete probably paid for by the increased car parking fees in sheringham unlike north walsham !!

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    Double Bill

    Wednesday, July 18, 2012

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