Hebburn toilets re-open after £22,000 revamp

FEELING FLUSH ... the new toilets at Hartleyburn Community Centre.
FEELING FLUSH ... the new toilets at Hartleyburn Community Centre.
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A £22,000 boost has left bosses at a Hebburn community centre feeling flushed with success.

The toilets at Hartleyburn Community Centre are now open again after renovation.

The revamp was part-funded by a grant from the Sita Trust.

Managed by South Tyneside Council, the project saw the 1960s toilets at the Crawley Square venue updated, including having a baby-changing area added.

Coun Nancy Maxwell, chairman of Hartleyburn Community Association, said: “The association and the local residents who use the centre are over the moon with the new facilities.

“We are absolutely delighted that the Sita Trust considered our community needs and funded the essential work.”

The mosaic artwork created by youth club members to brighten up the previous toilets has been transformed into a centrepiece in the refurbished lavatories.

Coun Maxwell added: “The toilets are an important part of the building, so this makes the overall centre experience more comfortable for customers.”

Marek Gordon, chief executive officer and chairman of the Gloucestershire-based Sita Trust, said: “We are delighted to have been able to support this project through the Landfill Communities Fund.

“This important source of funding has been available since 1997 and has provided such worthy projects with more than £1.2bn.”

The Sita Trust, created in 1997 by Berkshire-based waste management company Sita UK, provides funds for projects that enhance communities and enrich nature.

For information about the centre, call 428 0555 or e-mail HartleyburnCA@yahoo.co.uk