Villager's toilet offer just can't loo-se

A BANWELL resident has offered to build a new toilet block in the village car park for £40,000 - if North Somerset Council will knock down the old loos. Mustapha Bouyamourn lives next door to the current toilet block in West Street with his wife and three

A BANWELL resident has offered to build a new toilet block in the village car park for £40,000 - if North Somerset Council will knock down the old loos.Mustapha Bouyamourn lives next door to the current toilet block in West Street with his wife and three children. Their home shares a wall with the run-down conveniences.The toilets have been earmarked for closure due to their poor condition but North Somerset Council has offered to pay £20,000 towards a new unisex block at the existing site if the parish council will pay the same.At Monday's council meeting Mr Bouyamourn suggested another possibility by offering to foot the bill to knock down the old block and build new conveniences further away from his home.He said: "As the toilets are they have to go. They are dark and horrible and hardly ever used. We've had huge damp problems in our house because it is joined to the toilets. I had to knock down a wall and build a new one to sort it out."Mr Bouyamourn wants to carry out the work by using his own renovation company, MBM Developments.He said: "I want to give Banwell some toilets to be proud of. It won't cost the parish council or North Somerset Council anything. Everybody wins."Mr Bouyamourn wants to build separate conveniences for males and females with two cubicles in each. The toilets would also cater for disabled users.Banwell Parish Council and North Somerset Council have agreed to talk through the plans with him Deborah Yamanaka, executive member for environment and community at North Somerset Council, said: "I think it's definitely worth investigating. There are various questions we want to ask and the officer dealing with the matter will certainly pursue the proposal.


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