Published Friday, 16th November 2018
Community cafe opens after traders and campaigners volunteer time and services
A derelict toilet block has reopened... as a cafe.
Sutton Green Café, in High Street, Sutton, welcomed its first customers today (Friday).
Sutton Council’s Mayor Steve Cook, cut the official opening red ribbon. The cutting was followed by staff serving up a selection of hot and cold foods, cakes and drinks to celebrate.
The toilet block had been closed for more than 10 years, but was saved by a community campaign and funding from Sutton Council.
Cllr Ruth Dombey, Leader of Sutton Council, said: "We know how important it is that there are good community facilities in the area.
"I'm here today because I'm absolutely delighted we have managed to save this building, which has a lot of heritage to it. We've now converted it, so not only do we have public toilets, we also have a community cafe."
The block faced demolition less than five years ago, but local councillors, community leaders, traders and Friends of Sutton Green group got together to forge a rescue bid. A firm of architects, Harp & Harp Architects, provided their services for free.
Funding from the project was also received from the council's Local Community Service.
Councillor Marlene Heron, Chair of the Sutton Local Committee, said: "I'm absolutely thrilled. And so proud of everyone involved."