Council pushes ahead with toilet cafe plan
PUBLISHED: 06:12 09 May 2014
'WHERE would you like us to urinate and defecate?'
That is the question posed by the sole objector to the council’s plan to turn an old toilet block on Weston seafront into a café.
North Somerset Council is pushing ahead with disposing of the old toilets in Marine Parade on a 25-year lease to a London-based firm who want to open The Seafront Café.
While a number of readers labelled the idea as ‘stupid’ and ‘terrible’ on the Mercury’s social media sites, only one woman registered a formal objection with the council.
Barbara Fisher, from Lympsham, said ‘residents and visitors need toilets, not more cafes’.
A council spokesman said the site was closed for the majority of the 2013-14 season without consequences and alternative toilets are little more than 100 metres away.
Weston Town Council has also objected to the change on the basis that the new café would not have any toilets.
However applicants, The Windmill Restaurant company, say public conveniences should not be required on site seeing as the council has previously ruled toilets are not needed there.