Join the queue to spend a penny in Uppermill park

THERE’S expected to be a chain reaction to confirmation Oldham Council is looking to secure the future of Uppermill’s public toilets.

The conveniences at the King George V Playing Fields proved an inconvenience in their final days before closure in May due to repeated anti-social behaviour.

But there has already been interest from at least one private business to purchase the block, it was revealed at the July meeting of Saddleworth and Lees District Partnership.

“Will there be a notice on building saying ‘this is for sale’?” asked Cllr Graham Sheldon.

“Uppermill Park is a gold mine and it is only fair anyone interested in looking after it can have a chance.”

One suggestion put forward was the block could be demolished and re-opened as a café with toilets for public use.

District co-ordinator, Lisa McDonald told the meeting: “It is likely there will be a condition that the toilets remain for community use.

“It might be someone comes forward just to run it as toilet block and try to make revenue off that.”

However, Cllr John Hudson warned the re-opening of the facility could take some time.

“The borough has got to think how it can progress this to the next stage especially if it takes as long as the one in Greenfield at The Clarence.”

That toilet block on the junction of Manchester Road and Chew Valley Road has remained boarded up since the summer of 2015 when bought by florist Caroline Metcalfe.

“I think the borough are being extra careful because of the previous experience,” added Cllr Hudson. “There are lot of things to be done yet.”

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