Toilet block to be taken on by community groups

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Councillors have set aside money for the running costs of a derelict building which is being turned into a hub for community groups.

The former toilets on London Road, are set to be refurbished for £4,399.20 using £3,930 funds from Boston Borough Council’s community budget and £469.20 paid by placecheck groups.

On Wednesday, councillors on the Boston Town Area Committee voted to use cash from its ringfenced ‘Placecheck’ community funding to help towards running costs for the next seven months.

It will be up to the next council, following the May election, to decide whether to carry on funding.

The toilets belonged to the borough council in the 1950s, were in county council control for about 40 years and then were handed back to the borough 12 months ago.

Since then the Witham Central and Carlton Road and South Street South placecheck groups have offered to support the project as a base for volunteers.

It could mean more teams of prisonersfrom North Sea Camp could use it to carry out work around town and achieve NVQ qualifications.

Concerns were raised by councillors over the costs, including utility bills and rates.

It was Coun Paul Goodale who suggested using the Placecheck pot and councillors voted in support of this.