The council hopes that an agreement can be reached that will see the facilities open for the summer season this year.
There are, however, a number of technical issues that need to be addressed before the conveniences could be issued with an operating licence and we hope these can be worked through satisfactorily.
The council will continue to pay business rates on the conveniences for the season as it had already planned to do.
The proposal stems from a local business making the offer to clean and maintain the facilities during the summer season while the council recognises the tourism need for toilets on a busy stretch of the seafront.
Deputy Leader of the council, Cllr Mandy Chilcott, who also chairs the authority’s assets group, said: “We welcome the approach from Mr Kravis and are appreciative that a local business has come forward and is willing to play its part. Work has already started with Mr Kravis to resolve the technical issues to enable the toilets to reopen.
“As a council we no longer fund public conveniences – the funding for this very specific Minehead facility is coming from tourism-related funds.”
Cllr Andrew Hadley, portfolio holder for economic regeneration and tourism, said: “Tourism is vitally important for Minehead so we have been able to find the funding for the utilities’ bills for the coming season.
“We are always willing to work with others – towns and parishes and community groups and we are pleased this offer has come from a local business.”