Council looks for someone to take on Leverton loos

Leverton toilets
Leverton toilets

Boston Borough Council is looking for entrepreneurs bursting with ideas to take on the running of a toilet block in Leverton.

The authority has confirmed to The Standard that it does not yet know how it wants to proceed with any takeover of the loos, which are situated in a lay-by on the A52, however, it is looking for ideas.

The authority says the project ‘would suit someone who may already have experience of the catering or retail trade’ and says the ‘substantial building with business development potential’ has ‘proven footfall’.

Cabinet member with responsibility for public toilets Coun Paul Skinner 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”

It has not been decided if this could mean the sale or rental of the toilets, however, Coun Skinner told The Standard that personally, he did not ‘like giving away the family silver’.

He said selling the toilets would mean no choice over what went in there.

He said there was ‘all sorts of things you can do in that location’.

Boston Borough Council is currently carrying out reviews of all its facilities, including public toilets, in the face of budget cuts from Lincolnshire County Council and the Government.

In previous years, Lincolnshire County Council provided funding for the toilets, however, this is now being withdrawn.

The council says that under Government austerity measures it cannot afford to keep the toilets open, but adds that it was reluctant to close them and is ‘exploring every opportunity to retain them’.

Mr Skinner said these changes meant the council were trying to ‘maintain facilities with a very little budget’.

He added that taking this route would be ‘far better than it being demolished’.

He also pointed to similar schemes in East Heckington and Skegness which were successful.

In Sleaford last year, a town centre toilet block was turned into a museum which includes unisex toilets as part of the facility.

Leverton lay-by is a popular stop-off rest point for drivers and their passengers.

It is open 24 hours, seven days a week.

Since the council first posted the news on its website, a number of social media users have raised questions about an existing café further down the road.

However, Coun Skinner said the business had been approached but had not wished to take on opening and closing the toilets.

If you are interested please contact George Bernard, Martin Potts or Matt Fisher on 01205 314200.