Closed toilet block in Gosport to be converted for youth group

Y Services volunteers play against youngsters in a football tournament last year
Y Services volunteers play against youngsters in a football tournament last year
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  • Gosport council agree to lease closed toilet block to Y Services
  • Youth organisation will convert them into changing rooms and meeting room
  • Some councillors were concerned over the number of closed public toilets in the town
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A DISUSED toilet block will be handed over to a youth group to develop into changing rooms and a meeting room.

Y Services will take over the closed toilets, on Forton Recreation Ground, in Gosport, after councillors agreed to the lease.

That block of toilets has been closed for a long time and it is about time that we took the steps to get rid of the expense

Councillor Mark Hook

Gosport Borough Council was paying to maintain the block which has been closed for years.

It was agreed by the economic development board that leasing the site to Y Services was the best option.

But councillors at the meeting did raise concerns on a shortage of public toilets in the town.

Labour councillor June Cully, who represents the Town ward, said: ‘It is encouraging that we will be able to provide changing rooms because Forton Recreation Ground is quite a big area for sports.

‘Hopefully it will be well used.’

She added: ‘I am a little worried about the public toilets in the town and I know it is a concern for people in my ward.

‘I appreciate it is a financial burden but people do need public toilets and I think it is worthwhile bearing that in mind.’

Councillor Rob Hylands agreed. He said the council should look at spending more money on public toilets.

But the chief executive of the council Ian Lycett said money had been spent on improving the toilets at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent.

Council leader Mark Hook added: ‘That block of toilets has been closed for a long time and it is about time that we took the steps to get rid of the expense.

‘We haven’t had any complaints about them being closed and we have to make sure that the toilets we do have are of a high standard.

‘The community are benefitting from this move.’

Y Services, which works with young people aged 11 to 19, has secured £25,000 in funding to transform the toilet block.

The money was given by Barclays and the Football Foundation and will be used to convert the block into a facility supporting football and youth activities.

There will also be a changing room section which can be used as a meeting room by the organisation.