Finance: Dilapidated toilet to police station

A Derbyshire-based voluntary group has transformed a public toilet in the village of Newhall into community police offices after receiving a loan from Charity Bank.

The previously dilapidated brick building housing gents, ladies and disabled toilets has been converted by local charity the Old Post Regeneration Association.

The group took possession of the building in 2003, after South Derbyshire District Council announced plans to demolish it. The council donated it for nothing because it would have cost money to knock it down.

The £15,000 conversion took 10 weeks to complete.

The building, which measures 25ft by 12ft, now houses two offices and a public waiting area. It is staffed by two police officers who were formerly based at Swadlincote police office.

Derbyshire Constabulary will lease the building for an initial period of five years.

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