Public loo causing a stink

WOODBRIDGE: A public loo is today causing a right to-do in a quaint market town after a row broke out over its possible closure.

WOODBRIDGE: A public loo is today causing a right to-do in a quaint market town after a row broke out over its possible closure.

Suffolk Coastal District Council had plans in the pipeline to demolish the convenience in Theatre Street, Woodbridge, because it claimed it was under-used and would need significant investment to revamp it.

However, the facility has now won a temporary reprieve after protestors kicked up a stink, saying it would be detrimental to that area of town and could cause problems on busy days.

At a meeting of Suffolk Coastal's Community Customers and Partners Scrutiny Committee on Thursday, it was agreed to refer the matter back to councillors Sherrie Green and Robert Whiting to reconsider their original decision.


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Woodbridge town and district councillor Cliff Cocker asked for the issue to be looked at again because he believed there had not been enough discussion.

He said: “I'm very pleased because I don't think the closure was given sufficient consideration. Hopefully we can stop them from being closed and they will get a reprieve.”

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At a meeting of Woodbridge Town Council earlier this month, members agreed to look at the possibility of taking over responsibility for the public convenience - subject to satisfactory negotiations.

If the block was to close, Suffolk Coastal want to introduce a community toilet scheme in nearby Market Hill, where pubs, restaurants and shops would receive a fee if they allowed members of the public to use their facilities free of charge.

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