Civic society hopes new toilet will unlock key to drawing visitors to Old Town Quarry

PUBLISHED: 09:00 29 January 2017

North Somerset Council chairman John Crockford-Hawley, Lady Cotter and civic society chairman Howard Smith.

North Somerset Council chairman John Crockford-Hawley, Lady Cotter and civic society chairman Howard Smith.

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The unveiling of a new toilet may not be the grandest of occasions, but an opening ceremony took place for one last week in one of Weston-super-Mare’s most scenic spots.

Rowan Tea Room and studios.Rowan Tea Room and studios.

The toilet has been opened in the Old Town Quarry, in South Road, and it is hoped the new facility will encourage more visitors to the site and mean they will stay there for longer.

The quarry, which is maintained by the Weston Civic Society, is used by around 20 tenants who create art, woodwork and ceramics.

The civic society has paid for the toilet, which has disabled access, to be installed across from the Rowan Tree Tea Room.

Although the quarry has had a toilet for a number of years, it is based in an outdoor shed and many visitors will not use it and therefore leave the site.

The society feared the quarry was becoming a drain on its resources, and it was decided the amount it was spending on its maintenance would not be sustainable in the long-term.

Members decided a new toilet would encourage more visitors to the reserve and ensure its financial future.

Lady Eyleen Cotter cut the ribbon for the new toilet.

She said: “It has been many years in the planning, and taken much research and not inconsiderable money to build it.

Quarry entrance.Quarry entrance.

“It will encourage more people to come here from the town to this lovely oasis of green space.

“In the summer, it is lovely to get away from the heat and noise of the seafront and come here where it’s so tranquil and cool.”

David Lewis, who runs the tea rooms, said the toilet would be a major asset to the quarry.

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