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Boston council looks for person to turn public loos into new business

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A rare business opportunity has been opened up to entrepreneurs in the Boston area – in a public toilet block.

The unusual setting in Leverton is being promoted by Boston Borough Council as a suitable location for someone in the catering or retail trade.

Although the council has managed the facility for some years, Lincolnshire County Council has now withdrawn funding, which councillors say has made the facility unaffordable.

There's room for much more at the loos in Leverton.

There’s room for much more at the loos in Leverton.

Boston Borough Council wants to maintain public access to the toilets, but someone taking on responsibility for the building would have opportunity to use the rest of the space to open a cafe or run another suitable business.

Leverton lay-by is a popular landscaped stop-off rest point for drivers and their passengers, which the potential on site to provide indoors and outdoors refreshments.

Councillor Paul Skinner, the council’s cabinet member with responsibility for public toilets, 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”.

Anyone interested is being asked to contact George Bernard, Nigel Hall, Richard Tweddell or Martin Potts on 01205 314200.


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