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TATTY toilets will be transformed at a busy community venue in a £12,000 make-over.

The facilities will be freshened up at St James’s Centre in Wellway in a major refurbishment ordered by Morpeth Town Council.

The work has been championed by the council’s Property and Asset Management Committee after members said the toilets were outdated and fell well below the standard that should be expected of one of the authority’s community buildings.

Work will begin this week to install new hidden pipework, toilets, urinals and windows, the walls will be rendered and a toilet for the disabled will be installed.

Morpeth Town Council Clerk Gillian Turner said: “The toilets at St James’s are very old fashioned at the moment so we are having them completely gutted. The facilities will be all white and the work will really bring the toilets up to a good standard.

“Hopefully it will make a big difference and it should really transform that area.

“We have talked about doing this work for a while because it is quite a chunk of money, but if we want the centre to be used by the community we have to have the facilities there to meet people’s needs.”

The work will be carried out by Sincera, which previously refurbished The Terrace toilets in the town.

Ms Turner said: “The work did go out to tender and this was the cheapest quote, but we also know the high standard we get from that company because it made a lovely job of The Terrace toilets.”

The community centre will be closed until September while the work is carried out. Regular users will move into Storey Park Community Centre or Morpeth Town Hall until it is finished.