Has council leader solved loo saga?

Parish councillor Vicky Hills who took up the battle to have the loos at an affordable rent for community group Sutton Bridge in Bloom.
Parish councillor Vicky Hills who took up the battle to have the loos at an affordable rent for community group Sutton Bridge in Bloom.
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District council leader Gary Porter may have sorted out a parish council’s long running battle to rent a dilapidated loo block as a store for Sutton Bridge in Bloom.

He’s suggested a proposed £800 annual rent could be slashed to £1 and Sutton Bridge Parish is ready to say yes if it receives a formal offer on those lines.

The parish council has battled for two-and-half years to have the closed public loos in the Memorial Park car park at a peppercorn rent.

At one point, a district council portfolio holder suggested the loos might be donated to the village with the district paying for removing “the gubbins” inside.

But, in November, astonished parish councillors received a formal proposal from the district council saying it would charge an annual rent of £800 after spending more than £1,000 on repairs.

Furious parish councillor Vicky Hills said then: “£800 to rent the disused toilets? It’s ludicrous. They can bog off.”

The parish council on Tuesday decided to write to South Holland to see if it will “formalise” Coun Porter’s offer and also pay for the repairs to the block.

• Bloom volunteers want part of the block as an equipment store and to access water.