With the Cheshire East Unitary Authority taking over local government responsibility today, fears that Audlem may be ignored following the demise yesterday of C&NBC have been resoundingly answered on Day One. The new authority's Public Convenience, Consultation and Recognition Unit has announced that Audlem's public toilets on the car park are to considered for a Grade 2* listing, thus rating the village loos on a par with many fine historical buildings.
A spokesperson for the unit, Prenez Lepiz, said: "While its architectural merits are debatable, this toilet is thought to be unique in that it's the only one in the new Urinary Authority's area, indeed possibly the whole country, to prominently display the word 'Urinal'. Curiously, it's a word that's fallen from fashion virtually everywhere, yet it tells you the building's purpose in such uncompromising fashion.
"All too often," she added, "listing is restricted to old buildings like Highfields, Moss Hall and Audlem's Georgian gems in Stafford Street. Curiosities like this Urinal by the car park are what the public is really looking for – particularly after a long drive."
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