Why not ‘spend a penny’ buying a toilet in Uppermill

Reporter: Ken Bennett
Date published: 15 May 2019

Oldham Council are  offering a ‘unique opportunity’ to lease the toilets in St Chad’s Gardens, Uppermill , closed since May 2018 after  repeated incidents of anti-social behaviour.

They say  interested individuals and businesses have the chance to lease the former public conveniences and convert them into a going concern.
As part of the lease the new landlords will also have to provide toilets that are open to the public during their opening hours.
Any change of use will be subject to planning permission.
Councillor Sean Fielding, Leader of Oldham Council, said: “We think there will be plenty of interest in this block as it’s in the centre of the park and just yards from one of our busiest district centre streets.
“We think it would make an ideal building for a café or shop, but we are open to any ideas.
“We never want to close public toilets, but the vandalism forced our hands. We can’t afford to keep repairing them.
“By finding a new use for the block we’ll hopefully be helping to create a new business and also making sure there are toilets to use – a facility that currently isn’t offered.”

Uppermill Toilets
Although only small, St Chad’s Gardens is steeped in history, housing the site of the former 17th Century abbey.
The popular park links up with the linear walks along the River Tame and the Huddersfield Canal.
Facilities include a children’s play area, ornamental gardens and King George V Playing Fields which stages several events throughout the summer.
If you are interested in the building, then you have until Noon on Friday 7 June 2019 to get in touch with us about the building and complete a tender submission form.
A selection process will then take place.
Visit www.unitypartnership.com/property  for more details.


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