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Visitor centre divides opinion

PUBLISHED: 07:30 30 June 2006 | UPDATED: 11:07 22 October 2010

STEVE DOWNES

A landmark £550,000 visitor centre that looks like “Madonna lying on her back” was approved by planners yesterday. The building, which includes a tourist information centre and public toilets on the Meadow car park in Cromer, has divided opinion because of its “whimsical” tented canopies.

A landmark £550,000 visitor centre that looks like "Madonna lying on her back" was approved by planners yesterday.

The building, which includes a tourist information centre and public toilets on the Meadow car park in Cromer, has divided opinion because of its "whimsical" tented canopies.

Yesterday, at North Norfolk District Council's east area development control committee, Dan Corbett said the structure reminded him of pop star Madonna during the time that she wore a conical gold bra in her stage show.

The design was approved, with other members supporting the building enthusiastically.

Candy Sheridan said: "These are surely going to be the most exciting toilets in north Norfolk."

Angie Tillett said: "I never thought I could get excited about a building comprising public toilets. But this is wonderful."

Henry Cordeaux said: "I think it's great, and it's something that Cromer deserves."

The project, put forward by the district council and designed by

Stead Mutton Architects of Sheringham, aims to replace the existing tourist office at the nearby Prince of Wales Road bus station, where the lease is due to run out in June 2007.

It would also replace a public toilet block at the top of Bond Street, which the council wants to demolish and replace with a housing and shops development.


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