Interest shown in Leverton loos business potential
Following interest from entrepreneurs in acquiring Leverton public toilets as a business opportunity Boston Borough Council has formalised the procedure for submitting expressions of interest:
To be received by noon on Friday, December 2, by post, and addressed to George Bernard, Head of Operations, Boston Borough Council, Municipal Buildings, West Street, Boston, PE21 8QR
Submissions should include:
nature of business
proposals for alterations to existing building
ability to provide one wc unit for use by the general public
anticipated opening date of business
an undertaking to apply for 'change of use' planning consent.
All applications will be assessed on the above criteria in evaluating which business best meets the needs of the local community.
The council publicised the "rare and unusual business opportunity" after Lincolnshire County Council gave notice of its intention to withdraw funding for the toilets which the borough council maintains.
The premises are available in a pleasant location which already has proven footfall. The council wants to hear from anyone with an interest in taking over responsibility for the public toilets. It is a substantial building with business development potential.
The council wants to maintain public access to the toilets, but someone taking on responsibility for the building would have opportunity to potentially use the rest of the space to open a cafe or run another suitable business.
Leverton lay-by is a popular landscaped stop-off rest point for drivers and their passengers and there is potential to provide indoors and outdoors refreshments.
Under Government austerity measures the council cannot afford to keep the toilets open, but reluctant to close them and is exploring every opportunity to retain them.
Cllr Paul Skinner, the council's Cabinet member with responsibility for public toilets, said: "It may sound unlikely but this has sound prospects. This is a substantial building with room for more than just the public toilets. It presents an opportunity for someone to develop a thriving business, perhaps offering refreshments to travellers on their journeys with the added bonus of much-needed relief for those on the road by way of the public toilets already in existence.
"Anyone taking this on will have to get over the idea that this has only ever been a public toilet. It will suit an entrepreneur with vision and the right spirit of progress. The alternative, sadly, will be to close and demolish the building"
If you have any queries regarding the expre4ssion of interest please contact
If you know of anyone who may be interested please contact George Bernard or Richard Tweddell on 01205 314200.