Gerrans Parish Council recently had a dilemma which they faced head on: how to pay the £10,000 per year of resident’s money to upkeep the little used but essential public conveniences in Portscatho. They decided to try splitting the loos into two: one half becoming a cafe and the other, a new multi-sex toilet for the public.
The franchise was put out to tender and the only applicant was the Hidden Hut‘s creators, Simon Stallard & Jemma Glass, who have created a fabulous new cafe in the other half of the building and, taking over the design of the new loos, giving Gerrans Parish probably the best public connivence in the UK.
The public conveniences open this morning again after a four week refit, with ceramic butler sinks, chrome taps, wood-look flooring, feature window and a high-speed hand dryer. The disabled loos have also had a overhaul.
The new cafe, Tatams, will open on Monday serving proper Barista-style coffees and pastries. There are plans, too, to turn Tatams into a homemade pizza take-away in the winter months.
This means Gerrans Parish council have removed the £10,000 a year deficit, added another village asset, which will produce local employment and, Roseland Online believes, have helped create one of the best public conveniences anywhere in Cornwall, if not the UK.
Talk about a Win|Win solution!