Hereford & Worcester

Tenbury Wells opens 'oast house' toilets after floods

New Tenbury Wells toilets
Image caption The new toilets have been design to look like hop kilns

A Worcestershire town which lost its public conveniences in a flash flood has had them rebuilt to look like oast houses.

The toilets in Market Street, Tenbury Wells, had been the subject of a campaign to keep them open after the council announced plans to close them in 2007.

Just after the council changed its mind and they reopened, a flash flood in July of that year destroyed them.

The new toilets are a hop kiln design.

Retired architect and local councillor Tony Penn oversaw the project and said it had been unbelievable that the old toilet block fell victim to the floods within a fortnight of reopening.

"However, these new facilities with their distinctive look are a fantastic replacement.

"No other town will have public conveniences like ours," he said.

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