Latest Press Release: Bell Street Toilet Renovation Project

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY

FROM:         The Town Clerk, Mrs Claire Commons
DATE:          17th January 2019

Bell Street Toilet Renovation Project

After several years of much debate the Bell Street toilet renovation starts on Monday 21st January.

Following a number of discussions with the Visitor Experience Advisory Committee (VEAC) and subsequent recommendations to council, Shaftesbury Town Council recently approved to invest £36,000 in improving the public toilet user experience. Delivering an improved standard that visitors would expect to see in an iconic main tourist destination in North Dorset was seen a priority. Throughout 2018 a number of consultation exercises also highlighted that the town public toilet facility was not in keeping with the Shaftesbury brand and the public deserved improved facilities.

Shaftesbury Town Council is delighted to be working in collaboration with a number of different parties to bring the project to life.  The STC grounds team headed up by Andy Dodd will be working in partnership with Nikki Dodds from ‘Build Love’ social enterprise and representatives from Guy’s Marsh to deliver the project all with the guidance of a leading consultant at Healthmatic, Mr Piers Dibben. Mr Dibben says ‘Healthmatic are delighted to be involved in this inventive project to improve the toilets in the town.   Projects like this remind us of why local services are best delivered by local people.’

Councillor George Hall – Lead Councillor for VEAC said “the improved toilet facility will really help to improve our visitor experience and I am delighted that STC are working with a number of organisations that bring social benefit to the community”

Build Love representative Nikki Dodds said “I am delighted to be working in partnership with Shaftesbury Town Council and to be the lead facilitator on this project with Guy’s Marsh. This fantastic opportunity will enable selected men to work under supervision in a practical learning environment, which will form part of their resettlement programme.”

Andy Dodd is also very pleased to be supporting the project and said “It is great to be working with my team out in the community on a project were our wider skills can be used to benefit the town. This is certainly a winter project that is different to the norm!”

The toilets will be closed from Monday 21st January and are expected to reopen on 4th March just in time for the start of the spring tourist season.

For further information contact Shaftesbury Town Council, Tel: 01747 852420 or email: