Spending a penny on former toilets

work is underway on transforming a former public toilets in Leyland.

The old loos on Chapel Brow will be turned into a new retail unit after planners gave the go-ahead for it to be revamped.

Work has already started on clearing the site, but it is unclear who will occupy it.

The street is already home to a number of takeaways, and traders on the street say they hope it could be something different.

Marius Jones, sales assistant at Rimmer’s Music, also on Chapel Brow, said: “The workers are out there every day now. Somebody did mention it could be a new shop and there was suggestion it might be another takeaway but I can’t see the point of that myself.

“There was also talk it could be a taxi office. It’s all pie in the sky at the moment.”

The public toilets on Chapel Brow were taken out of service a number of years ago because the cost of maintaining them had risen.

The toilets were also repeatedly targeted by vandals.

Plans were passed in 2005 to convert the small building into a takeaway but work was never carried out.

The toilet block is just a few yards away from the Shadh takeaway, which collapsed almost two ago after the road sunk. Work has still not been completed on fixing the building.