Something for the weekend
Thu, 20th November 2014

Something for the weekend

A sideways look at the weird, wacky and occasionally wonderful stories from across the South West.

Spend a penny, buy a toilet

Investors could be flushed with success if they make a successful bid for two blocks of bog standard municipal toilets in Bath.

The WCs, which are going to auction next month (December 2014), are being sold by Bath and North East Somerset Council.

With the appropriate planning green light, the lavs could be converted into small offices, a pub, storage facilities or, worringly, a burger bar.

Simon Riggall, Lambert Smith Hampton auctions director and auctioneer, said: "We've sold many WCs across the country and they have been converted into nightclubs, offices, a restaurant, a print shop and all sorts.

"It is quite quirky but the economic market we are in means people have cash that they want to invest because interest rates are so low. Lots such as these tend to attract quite a bit of interest."

The toilets will be auctioned on 8 December at the Millennium Hotel in London for those who are looking to spend a penny or (number) two

All aboard the poo bus

The UK's first-ever bus powered on food waste and human poo has taken to the road.

Engineers believe it could provide a sustainable way of fuelling public transport.

The 40-seater Bio-Bus (pictured) runs on gas generated through the treatment of sewage and food waste that's unfit for human consumption.

It can travel up to 300km on a full tank of gas generated at Bristol sewage treatment works – a plant run by GENeco, a subsidiary of Wessex Water.

GENeco has become the first company in the UK to start injecting gas generated from food waste and sewage into the national gas grid network and at the same time installed a gas refuelling plant for the bus.

GENeco general manager Mohammed Saddiq said: "Gas-powered vehicles have an important role to play in improving air quality in UK cities, but the Bio-Bus goes further than that and is actually powered by people living in the local area, including quite possibly those on the bus itself."

An enchanting picture. Perhaps GENeco could make a trip to LSH's auction and put a bid in for Bath toilet blocks to use as the buses local refuelling station.

category South West  |  source Insider Media