THE old public toilets on Whitby’s West Cliff are being offered for redevelopment on a leasehold basis.
Scarborough Borough Council (SBC) are the owners of the single storey toilet block which measures just 52 square metres and has been stood empty and disused for several years since the opening of the beach management centre.
It is being marketed as a “development opportunity” and having a “seafront location overlooking North Beach”.
The authority is inviting tenders for the lease which would be on a 20 year term with rent reviews taking place every five years.
Prospective leaseholders have to make an offer of what rent they are willing to pay and any conditions they put forward and send it to the legal and democratic services department of the council.
Conversion of the building into another use is subject to planning permission being granted and once the premises are developed the rateable value, or level of council tax payable, would then be determined.
SBC is also saying that the works have to be carried out within a specific time scale and whoever takes on the lease will have to contribute to the council’s legal costs of £275.
The toilet block has connected drainage, water and electric already and part of the premises are used as a pumping station by Yorkshire Water and this use will be retained.
In the marketing brochure it says: “Offers are invited for the annual rental, exclusive of rates and payable quarterly in advance on the basis that the tenant would be responsible for funding the refurbishment of the property, for the use proposed, at their own cost.”
The closing date for tenders is 12 noon Wednesday 31 August.
Scarborough Borough Council Asset and Risk manager Martin Pedley said: “The council has recently put the former toilet block out to tender as a development opportunity. Although any proposal would be subject to planning consent, the council has not stipulated an exact use in the particulars so as not to stifle innovative solutions coming forward.
“The closing date for tender submissions is noon on 31 August, following which evaluation will take place and hopefully a new venture can be established.”