Toilet sale could fund new orchard or picnic site

PUBLISHED: 10:00 14 May 2011




A COMMUNITY orchard, quarry picnic site and new scout hut are among the ideas being 
explored in Banwell following the sale of the 
village toilet.

The West Street loo, closed two years ago by North Somerset Council, was sold off for £35,000 at auction in Kewstoke last month.

The sale prompted hopes among villagers that North Somerset might plough the cash back into a community project.

At a meeting on Monday night, members of Banwell Parish Council agreed to investigate several ideas put forward by residents.

These include a community orchard behind the children’s centre in West Street. It would contain apple trees which could be grown and picked by villagers.

Other ideas include funding a community transport scheme to take elderly residents to the supermarket, a picnic site at the village quarry and new fencing around the recreation ground.

A suggestion was also been made to replace the village scout hut, off West Street. But councillors cast doubts over that idea, fearing it could cost too much money.

Councillor Tim Marter has campaigned for proceeds from the sale to be pumped back into the village ever since he forced officers to sell it off at auction, rather than through a private sale.

He said: “I am hopeful we can get some of the money back if we, as a village, come up with a specific project which would be worthwhile for funding.”

Parish council chairman Liz Shayler asked councillors to each look into a different project before reporting back next month.

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