Council to sell off Longridge loos

The future of four council owned buildings in Longridge is under discussion. This week councillors decided that one of the sites can be sold.

Wednesday, 31st March 2021, 5:27 pm

Ribble Valley councillors have voted to sell off a disused toilet block in Longridge as part of a review of four council owned facilities in Longridge.

A report presented to the council’s policy and finance committee this week noted that the Market Place lavatories on King Street have been closed for several years.

The review was launched some two years ago, but has been delayed due to the Coronavirus pandemic.

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Longridge Civic Hall

Speaking after the meeting council leader and committee chair Coun Stephen Atkinson said the review is about recognising Longridge is a service centre for town residents and those of surrounding villages and was not a sell-off list. He said: “I think it’s trying to provide better facilities for the residents of Longridge. This is not about withdrawing facilities.These toilets are not used and have not been used for a number of years.”

Other facilities up for review comprise the Civic Hall (pictured) and parking area off Calder Avenue, The Old Fire Station Youth Centre and the Over–60s Club at Townley Buildings on Berry Lane.

A special working group has been tasked to “explore realistic options” for the future use of the facilities, which must also meet community needs.

The group, chaired by Independent councillor Robert Thompson, has a deadline of July 31. It must also take account of “the principles of best value for the council.” Minutes from its February meeting note that the Civic Hall needs upgrading and faces “operational challenges with the building needing significant investment to make it fit for purpose and sufficient to generate the necessary income for it to be sustainable.”

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