Public toilets and land set to change hands

The Triangle Willingdon, open recreational area. February 9th 2013 E07613P ENGSUS00120130216101101
The Triangle Willingdon, open recreational area. February 9th 2013 E07613P ENGSUS00120130216101101
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Plans by Wealden District Council to hand over the public toilets and land at the Triangle in Lower Willingdon look set to be approved today (Tuesday).

The authority says the toilet block and adjacent land are surplus to requirements and Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council wants to take on both on a 50 year lease with plans to change the building into offices.

The land is owned by East Sussex County Council and at a meeting today the Conservative lead member for resources David Elkin, from Eastbourne, was due to approve the land changing hands.

A county council spokesperson said, “The land is adjacent to the toilet block currently occupied by Wealden District Council by way of an agreement dated June 29 1964 for use as public conveniences.

“WDC has expressed a desire to surrender its interest in the toilet block under this agreement and will be looking to cease maintenance of the property on March 31 2015. The land has been assessed as having no value on the open market.

“Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council has proposed taking on both the toilet block and adjoining land via a long lease and will be looking to obtain a change of use to offices.

“WJPC will be funding the cost of this planning application and will also be funding the cost of all re-development works.

“The land will be used for car parking in tandem with the proposed offices.

“ESCC will benefit from an enhanced land value.”

Officers are recommending the change goes ahead at the meeting which is being held at County Hall in Lewes.