Press Release – Bell Street toilets now open!

Town Hall, Shaftesbury, Dorset, SP7 8LY


FROM:         Claire Commons – Town Clerk
DATE:          14th March 2019
SUBJECT:    Bell Street toilets now open!

Shaftesbury Town Council is delighted to report that the Bell Street renovation works to improve the public toilet facilities is now complete.

Shaftesbury Town Council worked in collaboration with a number of different parties to bring the pr

oject to life.  The STC grounds team headed up by Andy Dodd worked in partnership with Nikki Dodds from ‘Build Love’ social enterprise and representatives from Guy’s Marsh and Weston College to deliver the project all with the guidance of a leading consultant at Healthmatic, Mr Piers Dibben. Many of the people involved in the project met on Thursday 14th March to celebrate the opening of the new upgraded facilities.

The Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Guy’s Marsh, Tracy Harrison said the project added huge value within the prison. Those staff and offenders involved were delighted to have been given the opportunity to be part of the project. Shaftesbury Town Council recognise the benefits of supporting skills development within the community and are pleased to have been able to facilitate the practical work experience in collaboration with Guy’s Marsh and Build Love.

Build Love representative Nikki Dodds said “I am delighted to have worked in partnership with Shaftesbury Town Council as the lead facilitator in this project with Guy’s Marsh and Weston College. This fantastic opportunity has enabled selected men to work under supervision in a practical learning environment and bring their coursework to life. The individuals were supported with practical work experience learnings which forms part of their coursework for NVQ qualifications delivered by Weston College.

Andy Dodd, STC Head Groundsman was also very pleased to have supported the project and said “It was great have worked with my team out in the community on a project were our wider skills were used to benefit the town. This was certainly a winter project that is different to the norm!”

Many of the Shaftesbury visitors and residents complained about the old facilities not meeting expectation in such a historic and unique town. Shaftesbury Town Council believes the improved public toilet facilities will create a much more pleasant user-experience and look forward to more positive feedback throughout the tourist season.