Shoppers may wait until next year for new toilets

Shopping centre toilets may not be replaced until next year.

The Newlands Centre’s toilets, which are some of the only freely accessible in the town centre, may not replaced until after Christmas, owner Ellandi has warned.

The toilets are some of the few remaining loos open to members of the public in Kettering town centre after the district councill took the decision to close theirs.

Ellandi founding partner Mark Robinson said: “We are definitely refurbishing the toilets, the only debate is when.

“If we did them now they might not be finished over Christmas.

“We need to start now or first thing in the new year.”

Mr Robinson said if the work is started now it will disrupt business for shopkeepers over the vital Christmas period.

Ellandi is also in talks with the county council over removing bus shelters from Newland Street in a bid to attract a big name store to the former TJ Hughes unit occupied by 99p Stores.

And the owner wants to build a bigger unit in Gold Street between Officers Club and Thomas Cook to attract a restaurant, gym or large shop.

Mr Robinson said having a non-retail tenant would allow the unit to be used outside normal working hours.

He said consultants were developing a strategy for the redevelopment which could be agreed at the end of the summer.

The toilet refurbishment delay provoked debate on the Telegraph’s Facebook page.