Loo-cation is ev­ery­thing – toi­lets val­ued at £100k

Coun­cil con­ve­niences to be auc­tioned

Egham News - - NEWS - By Char­lotte Tal­bot char­lotte.tal­bot@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

A FOR­MER pub­lic toi­let in Walton is up for sale – but you will need to spend more than a penny if you want to get your hands on this lava­tory block.

The 0.023-hectare Church Street loo, pre­vi­ously owned by Elm­bridge Bor­ough Coun­cil, is go­ing to auc­tion later this month with a guide price of £100,000.

The boarded-up build­ing it­self might be bog stan­dard but it is de­scribed by auc­tion­eer All­sop LLP as hav­ing ‘pos­si­ble po­ten­tial for re­de­vel­op­ment sub­ject to ob­tain­ing all con­sents, statu­tory or oth­er­wise’.

Auc­tion­eer Gary Murphy, a part­ner at All­sop, said: “We have sold a few toi­lets over the years. It’s of­ten very in­ter­est­ing to leave it to the buy­ers to use their imag­i­na­tion as to what al­ter­na­tive uses might be.

“We would as­sume this site would be used for de­vel­op­ment but it de­pends on what the coun­cil thinks. The new owner would ex­plore that.

“The guide price of £100,000 is a good buy. Th­ese quirky lots are hard to value. The buy­ers tell us what it’s worth when they put their hands in the air.

“There’s a pos­si­bil­ity it could go for more. It’s all to play for.”

Mr Murphy said the lot had been popular so far, with view­ings well at­tended.

He said the All­sop sign had been taken down a cou­ple of times, some­thing re­garded as pos­i­tive as peo­ple are try­ing to hide when the site will be auc­tioned.

“It’s a good sign when the sign is pulled down,” he added. “It means peo­ple are in­ter­ested.”

The lot is for sale by auc­tion on Wed­nes­day and is open for view­ing on Satur­day and Tues­day be­fore the auc­tion be­tween 9.30am and 10am.

An Elm­bridge Bor­ough Coun­cil spokesman said the toi­lets, which closed in 2009, were due to be sold after be­ing ‘de­clared sur­plus to re­quire­ments’ in 2010.

Dar­ren Pepe

The for­mer pub­lic toi­lets are up for sale in Walton – bid­ders can at­tend an open

view­ing be­tween 9.30am and 10am on Tues­day and Satur­day.

The coun­cil de­clared the

loos in Church Street sur­plus to re­quire­ments.

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