The public toilet block in Hamworthy has now been re-opened by footballing legend Harry Redknapp thanks to a £100,000 investment from local business W&S Recycling.
Harry Redknapp, most well-known for his illustrious football career and, more recently, as being crowned King of the Jungle in ITV’s popular I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out of Here, cut the ribbon at the opening ceremony of the newly refurbished toilet block outside the Co-op in Hamworthy.
The toilet block shut its doors five years ago back in 2014 by Poole Council and was replaced with a community toilet scheme that involved local businesses allowing the public to use their facilities, including the Red Lion Pub, the library and Adam Practice surgery. However, due to limited opening times, the scheme proved impractical and residents have been campaigning to get their toilet block reopened for years.
It is thanks to local business W&S Recycling, the South’s leading recycling company, that the toilets are once again serving the community. The firm purchased the block earlier in the year and spent £100,000, including the cost of the sale, refurbishing it. Owner of W&S, Geoff Thompson, wanted to show his thanks to the community for the support he has received over the years and said ‘I live in Hamworthy so I’m giving something back to the public who helped me build my business’.
A huge crowd attended the opening, keen to take a look the new facilities and to meet Mr Redknapp, who happily posed for photos and signed autographs at his first ever toilet block opening. Harry praised Geoff for his generosity and said he hopes ‘the community appreciates what Geoff has done for them’.
Some local residents have volunteered to open and close and clean the toilets and W&S plan to place recycling banks for paper and textiles outside the facilities to help fund their upkeep and to help Hamworthy with its recycling efforts.
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