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Plea to open public toilets at Boston's Assembly Rooms in run-up to Christmas

By Boston Target  |  Posted: November 19, 2012

UNCERTAIN FUTURE: Boston Assembly Rooms could soon be up for sale.

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AN independent councillor is appealing to the new owners of Boston's Assembly Rooms to keep the public toilets open in the run to Christmas.

The historic building was sold subject to contracts being signed earlier this year.

And now Boston Borough Council (BBC) has revealed the historic Grade 2 listed building will close along with the public toilets on Friday, November 16. This is the day it is anticipated contracts will be signed.

The Target is still waiting to find out who it has been sold to but an announcement is expected to be made on Friday.

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The news has led to an appeal to the new owners from Boston Independent councillor Carol Taylor who said: "I wish to make an appeal to the new owners of the Assembly Rooms and toilet block and ask them to liaise with the council and keep them open at least until after the Christmas Markets and St Botolph's Christmas Fair.

"The toilets also provide footfall for the businesses of Church Street whose livelihood will suffer as a consequence of the toilet closure, but if the facilities could be kept open for these festive events it would go some way towards a successful Christmas for businesses and shoppers alike."

The announcement that the toilets and building would close was announced by BBC on Friday.

Councillor Taylor thinks that having such short notice of the toilet closure was not enough warning.

She added: "When coaches arrive, the passengers will have to queue for the toilets in the bus station or walk through town to the other much smaller amenities. This will not encourage shoppers or visitors.

"To lose the Assembly Rooms will be a very sad day indeed but the plans to renovate it will ease the public's loss of this Grade 2 listed building.

"The loss of the public toilets however will have a detrimental effect on our local economy especially with Christmas festivities planned.

"Boston is hoping to attract more shoppers which is partly why two million pounds was spent on the Market Place refurbishment as yet to prove a success with the public. If those people buying the Assembly Rooms and toilets have any consideration for the good people of Boston they will keep these toilets open and help us celebrate what could be a very successful and happy Christmas time for everyone including themselves."

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