Plans proposed for community toilet scheme in town

The public toilet at the Cowper Road car park, pictured prior to its demolition last month. 

The public toilet at the Cowper Road car park, pictured prior to its demolition last month. - Credit: Noah Vickers

Dereham Town Council has agreed in principle to develop a community toilet scheme for the town. 

Dereham has just one set of public toilets, located at Barwell Court, just off the town’s market place. 

Last month saw the demolition of a second set of toilets at the Cowper Road car park, which had been closed since 2008.

In a community toilet scheme, businesses and council-owned buildings allow the public use of their toilets, sometimes in exchange for an annual fee from the council. 

aboutDereham chair Mike Webb explains the idea to Dereham Town Council, at its July meeting. 

aboutDereham chair Mike Webb explains the idea at a meeting of Dereham Town Council - Credit: Noah Vickers

The idea was initially looked into by a working group of the aboutDereham partnership and town council members, who were inspired by hearing about such a scheme in Kendal, Cumbria. 

The cost of the Kendal scheme is £8,500 a year, including staffing, so the cost for Dereham is unlikely to be more than £5,000 a year, the aboutDereham group have said.

Subject to certain enquiries about the scheme’s practicality, the council voted by majority to develop the plan.