Council is flush after selling toilet block for £57,000

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The borough council is feeling flush after selling one of its public toilet blocks near the seafront for a whopping £57,000.

The western toilet block in Rock-a-Nore Road went under the hammer for almost four times the guide price.

Auctioneers Clive Emson estimated the small unit would achieve between £10,000 and £20,000.

But a fierce bidding war broke out during the auction at the Hilton Brighton Metropole hotel on September 22.

And it was a Hastings couple who sealed the deal after pursuing the property to the end.

David and Emma Mann, who have lived in Hastings for eight years, want to turn the block into an antiques shop.

Emma said: “There were lots of bids coming in on the phone and online while we were there.

“We thought it was such a great place and we like the antiques shops in the Old Town. We plan to sell interesting quirky items and hope to open in April. My husband makes things out of recycled objects and we plan to make a real go of it.”

The Western Toilet Block at Rock-a-Nore sold for £57,000 through property auctioneers, Clive Emson, £47,000 more than the lower end of the guide price. The detached property is on one of the main tourist strips in Hastings and was put on the market by former owner Hastings Borough Council.

Sam Kinloch, senior auction valuer, said: “There was a fierce bidding war, with the gavel banging down on a bid which was £47,000 more than the lower end of the guide price. Obsolete toilet blocks in areas of high footfall are always popular with bidders. This is because of the potential to convert into a retail outlet, or occasionally a small house, subject to all the necessary consents being obtainable. “We are not privy, if you pardon the pun, to any plans the new owner may or may not have.”