Thursday, 28 October 2021

Churchyard disabled toilet plan

A DISABLED toilet could be built outside the church in Swyncombe.

The parochial church council of St Botolph’s has applied to South Oxfordshire District Council for planning permission to build in the churchyard.

The application comes three years after a survey of parishioners which showed a disabled toilet was the top of their wish list for improvements at the church, which dates back to the Saxons and is Grade II listed.

The application says: “The council decided that the WC should be located within the churchyard, a few metres away south of the entrance porch.

“An alternative site outside the curtilage of the churchyard was rejected on the grounds of being too obtrusive and conspicuous.

“A proposal to place the WC inside the church was rejected as this would have made the seating arrangements, already limited, unviable for major services through the loss of four rows of pews.”

The district council will make a decision by February 6.

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