Town’s toilet relief

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THAME’S dilapidated public toilets are in line for a £100,000 refurbishment it has been revealed.

The facilities in the centre of town have been criticised by residents and visitors alike for several years for their ‘run down state’.

The main cause of delay in proposed refurbishment has been the fact The Old Market House is a Grade II listed building and therefore special planning permission was required for new windows and further alterations.

The project is estimated to take around seven weeks to complete and in the meantime a number of temporary toilets have been installed next door.

The bill will be footed by South Oxfordshire District Council.

A spokesman for the council said: “We will be totally changing the layout of the toilets to allow more natural light into the cubicles and so people feel safer when using the amenity.

“We consulted with planners, the police and the town council and being a Grade II listed building, we also consulted with conservation officers.

“Nineteen companies applied to do the work which meant a lengthy selection procedure to make sure we got a good professional company who had the right experience and offered the best price.

“The works will be finished by early December and there will be some temporary toilets put in for people to use whilst the renovation is on-going.”

Cabinet member Judith Nimmo-Smith said: “I am very happy that the work has started. The new design will mean that the toilets will feel safer and less dark and gloomy. The new layout also means they will be easier to maintain and keep clean. It was important that we were very careful in choosing a contractor who has done similar work for other local authorities.”