Council U-turn saves loos

VITAL toilets in the Cheddar area will not be closed down after a U-turn by the district council. Sedgemoor has backtracked on its proposal to shut toilet blocks in villages such as Cheddar, Wedmore and Brent Knoll and instead will invest more than £600,0

VITAL toilets in the Cheddar area will not be closed down after a U-turn by the district council.Sedgemoor has backtracked on its proposal to shut toilet blocks in villages such as Cheddar, Wedmore and Brent Knoll and instead will invest more than £600,000 in toilets facilities over the next three years.Originally the authority wanted to close the toilet blocks as part of a massive cost-cutting programme but discovered shutting them down would not save it as much cash as hoped.Cheddar Parish Council was horrified at the proposals when they were unveiled earlier in the year, saying the toilets were an essential part of the village's important tourist trade.However, it is still considering pulling down the Station Road toilets as part of a new traffic scheme outside The Kings of Wessex School.Sedgemoor is still looking at ways the toilets could be managed, and some parish councils, such as Brent Knoll, have agreed to take over control of their toilets.The Mark toilets will still be closed down with the agreement of the parish council on November 7. The building will be offered for sale.