Council accused of ‘not telling truth’ over Sheringham toilet block
Tension is building over the sale of an old toilet block in Sheringham, after a council was accused of 'not telling the truth' about how it would use the proceeds.
In May, owner North Norfolk District Council sold the block on the east promenade for �104,000 - more than double the �30,000-50,000 pre-auction estimate.
Sheringham town councillors said the district council had led them to believe the money would be ploughed back into new projects in the town, including a potential upgrade of the Lusher's passageway toilet block in the town centre.
And they recently wrote to the district, demanding assurances that it was still the case.
But at Tuesday's town council meeting, members were read a letter from district council project manager Russell Tanner, who said the money could be used to bolster existing projects that were already planned.
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Mr Tanner said: 'The council is currently undertaking three capital schemes in Sheringham - new-build public conveniences on the east prom, a new street lighting scheme and handrails along the prom and the latest works to replace a cliff retaining wall and widen the promenade.
'While the capital receipt from the sale of the toilet block was in excess of the forecast, any funds left after deducting costs may need to be incorporated into the budget for the promenade works.'
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Town council vice-chairman David Gooch said the district council 'shouldn't have been saying we could have anything from the profits for this'.
Peter Cox said: 'What he has written is a load of hogwash. He's tried to bamboozle this council into thinking the district is going to use the money in Sheringham.
'There is money in the budget for all the jobs quoted. He hasn't answered our original question.'
Mac McGinn said: 'The property is theirs. They can do what they like with it. They will spent their money where they wish to.'
But town mayor Doug Smith said: 'The point is that they haven't told us the truth.'
Members agreed to write to the district council to ask for another explanation.
The block was bought by Cawston builder Nick Willan, who snapped it up as a 30th wedding anniversary present for his wife, Sue.