Cromer’s old sanitary block could become a health cafe

4:15 p.m. June 29, 2021

A former public toilet block in Cromer could become a “health cafe” if advisers followed recommendations to allow trade negotiations to begin.

The old Melbourne Slope public toilets on Cromer Drive were closed in 2017, when they were replaced with new facilities in the city.

Since their closure, the building has remained empty.

But earlier this year, the North Norfolk District Council, which owns the site, leased the old toilet block and its “iconic arcades” and announced that the 865-square-foot brick building was available for use. commercial.

The building does not currently generate any income for the NNDC and has been put on the market in the hope that any tenant would invest in the structure, which “has been deteriorating for many years”, in exchange for a 20-year lease at during which he was responsible for the renovation of the islet.

The board said it had received “a good level of interest from existing businesses in Cromer and potential new businesses in the wider region” and six formal expressions of interest have been submitted to the NNDC.

Now all proposals have fallen and advisers are due to discuss the offers and whether to allow negotiations to begin between one of the companies and the council’s estates team at its next cabinet meeting on Monday 5th. July.

Among the offers for the building are proposals to turn it into a “healthy food café”. No further details of the potential offers were disclosed.

Advisers are recommended to open negotiations “with the preferred party for the healthy coffee option” which “would add to the range of offerings on the promenade and match the current and most likely sustainable demand for food and drink. more local and healthy “. “.

Council is advised to “encourage further investment in the walk” of a business that can “provide something different” while complementing what is already on offer in the region.

It is stated that the “diet coffee option” is the operation that “would have the least impact on existing businesses in this location”.

Advisers are expected to discuss the future of Melbourne Slope toilet blocks at a cabinet meeting on Monday, July 5.

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