Loos news: council feeling flush after tapping into funding stream

Written by Peter Davison on .

George Lane toiletsGeorge Lane toiletsIt’s the news everyone’s been busting to hear: work will start on Marlborough’s new public toilets at George Lane next month.

At a meeting of Marlborough Town Council’s property committee last Monday, town clerk Shelley Parker told committee members that the Public Works Loan Board had agreed to front the council £92,000 to commence work on the toilets.

The work will be carried out by Calne-based Healthmatic after a tender bid of £82,900 was approved.

Work is due to start of February 20 and should be completed by April 21.

As that’s within the mayoral year of councillor Noel Barrett-Morton, it’s likely he’ll get the honour of cutting the ribbon – probably his last official duty as Marlborough’s First Citizen.

The loan will be repaid with the proceeds from the sale of the public toilets at Chantry Lane. Councillors have agreed that planning permission should be sought for the development of the site prior to its sale to increase its value.

It is expected that the the drawing down of funds from the PWLB will be agreed at the next Full Council meeting on Monday, January 23.

The toilets were formerly provided by Wiltshire Council, but the authority – which has no statutory duty to provide public conveniences – closed them on March 31 last year.