Friday, 20 October 2017

Toilets makeover plan

THE refurbishment of the toilets at Mill Meadows in Henley is another step closer to getting off the ground.

THE refurbishment of the toilets at Mill Meadows in Henley is another step closer to getting off the ground.

The town council, which owns the facilities at the Leichlingen Pavilion, has agreed to appoint a consultant to draw up the plans.

It will pay £16,325 to Robert Rigby Architects, of Reading, to come up with a design. find a builder and supervise the construction work.

The council had a cheaper offer of £6,250 from Monsen Engineering, of Wallingford, but rejected this as it felt an architect was needed.

Three other companies were approached to carry out the work but they turned the work down.

The council has set aside £50,000 for the project although Robert Rigby has warned the cost could be closer to £100,000.

If the figure looks set to exceed £50,000, the council will meet again to discuss the situation. It has not yet considered spending the extra money.

The toilets are more than 20 years old. They are prone to bad smells as their surface sewerage pipes have no access for rodding.

In a report to the council earlier this year, Henley Mayor Stefan Gawrysiak described the brown-tile decor as “dour and dowdy”.

The refurbishment will include new cubicles on legs, new sewerage pipes, automatic soap dispensers and shatter-resistant mirrors.

The proposal has been drawn up by a working group made up of town councillors and acting on advice from the British Toilet Association.

At its last meeting, the council also agreed to delegate decisions on matters like tiles, lighting and the colour scheme to the group.

Cllr David Nimmo Smith, who is a civil engineer, offered to help draw up the contract between the council and the architect.

The working group will discuss his invitation when it next meets.

It was originally hoped that the work would be finished this winter but the target has been revised to next summer.

Cllr Jeni Wood told her colleagues: “We cannot hold this work up any longer. I’ve recently had three emails from residents when it is going to happen.”

In 2010, the council was told a refurbishment would cost around £230,000.

It carried out a series of deep cleans costing £1,100 each but this did not improve the smell of the toilets.



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A MAKEOVER for the toilets in Mill Meadows, Henley, is another step closer.

The town council, which owns the facilities in Leichlingen Pavilion, has appointed a consultant to come up with a design, find a builder and supervise the construction work. It will pay Robert Rigby Architects, of Reading, £16,325.

The council has set aside £50,000 for the project, although the company has warned the total cost could be closer to double that.

The toilets, which are more than 20 years old, are prone to bad smells as their surface sewerage pipes have no access for rodding. The refurbishment will include new cubicles on legs, new sewerage pipes, automatic soap dispensers and shatter-resistant mirrors.

The plans were drawn up by a group of town councillors working with the British Toilet Association. This group will also decide on the new tiles, lighting and colour scheme for the toilets. The council hopes the work will be finished by next summer.

In 2010, the council was told that refurbishment would cost around £230,000, so it carried out a series of deep cleans costing £1,100 each but this failed to get rid of the smell.

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