Your District Council is to consider the merits of commissioning a business case to evaluate the commercial potential of buildings we own in Bakewell, Matlock and Matlock Dale.
The council's new Commercial Board will meet on 18 July to look at the potential to create commercial outlets at its public toilets in Bakewell Recreation Ground (pictured above), the waiting area at Matlock Bus Station, the Ranger Station in Matlock Hall Leys Park and the recently closed public loos at Artist's Corner in Matlock Dale.
In each case, the Board will consider how the site could be reconfigured to make better use of the space - for example for food and drink sales - while retaining toilet facilities.
The District Council has already received two approaches from businesses wanting to trade from the Bakewell site, where a covenant limits use to "recreation for the inhabitants of and visitors to the said urban district”.
During its recent review of public conveniences, a District Council working group reported that the Matlock Bus Station waiting area could be better used, more attractive and less isolated. Examples of potential future uses there include a café and/or cycle hire centre.
The Hall Leys Park Ranger Station, currently closed due to fire damage and near to the recently closed play area toilets, includes a shower and toilet, and Board members will examine the possibility of the District Council's parks and ranger teams permanently re-locating to the park's Ammo Store, subject to staff consultation and some upgrade work.
The Board will be told that the former toilet block at Artist's Corner has a potential sale value on the open market of around £40,000.
The report states:
"All of the above projects are low risk and will enable the Council to explore the potential of its assets with minimal financial outlay. In the case of Knowleston Place and the Ranger Station option, if it is determined that the current building should be put to a commercial use, it is considered that Expressions of Interest could be invited for a lease to include the provision of ‘child friendly’ toilet facilities with a condition that these are made available to the general public.”
View the full report here [PDF5.16MB]