Improvements to the public toilet facilities in Shaftesbury have been finished.

The Bell Street building renovation by  Shaftesbury Town Council involved the STC grounds team headed by Andy Dodd working in partnership with Nikki Dodds from ‘Build Love’ social enterprise and representatives from Guy’s Marsh and Weston College with the guidance of a leading consultant at Healthmatic, Piers Dibben. Many of the team met on March 14 to celebrate the opening of the new upgraded facilities.

Head of Reducing Reoffending at HMP Guy’s Marsh, Tracy Harrison said the project added huge value within the prison. Staff and offenders were part of the project. The town council recognised the benefits of supporting skills development within the community and the practical work experience in collaboration with Guy’s Marsh and Build Love.

Build Love representative Nikki Dodds said: “I worked in partnership with the town council as lead facilitator in this project with Guy’s Marsh and Weston College.”

Selected men worked under supervision in a practical learning environment and bring their coursework to life. The individuals were supported with practical work experience learnings as part of their coursework for NVQ qualifications at Weston College.

Andy Dodd, STC head groundsman said: “It was great have worked with my team in the community on a project in which our wider skills were used to benefit the town. This was certainly a winter project different to the norm.”

Many Shaftesbury visitors and residents complained about the old facilities not meeting expectation in such a historic and unique town. STC believes the improved public toilet facilities will create a more pleasant user-experience and hopes for more positive feedback throughout the tourist season.

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