Loo battle: Sutton Bridge Parish Council flushed with success

Flashback to December when former parish councillor Vicky Hills panned the district council's 'ludicrous' offer.
Flashback to December when former parish councillor Vicky Hills panned the district council's 'ludicrous' offer.
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Sutton Bridge Parish Council is celebrating after winning a long-running battle over ownership of a now-closed block of public loos.

After the loos closed in the Memorial Field car park, the parish council approached owners South Holland District Council to see if they would transfer ownership to the parish so the tiny building could be put to community use and become a handy store for Sutton Bridge In Bloom.

The district agreed, but last December it offered to spend nearly £2,000 repairing the loo block before charging the parish £800 a year to rent them.

Then parish councillor Vicky Hills, who has now left the council, was furious and said at the time: “£800 to rent the disused toilets? It’s ludicrous. They can bog off.

“Our parish clerk has been trying for two years to resolve the debacle of the loos.”

Clerk Suzanne England told last week’s parish council meeting the district is making a £1,200 ex-gratia payment to the parish, who will now take on responsibility for the loo block.

She told us: “It’s good news for the In Bloom team – I am just sorry it’s taken so long.”