HOPES are high as Fernhurst Parish Council is trying to negotiate a deal to reopen public toilets in the village.
It is all down to whether the lease with Chichester District Council can be negotiated.
The district council has agreed to meet the rates and various companies, both local and national, have been approached to quote for the cleaning and servicing of the toilets.
James Cottam, the parish council chairman, and the other councillors said they hoped the building in the village’s car park would reopen before the summer starts.
As Fernhurst is at the gateway to the national park, the parish council argues the village is a prime site for walkers, and is on the walking route from Haslemere station, as well as being a busy village itself.
The South Downs National Park Authority will not contribute to fund the costs of the public toilet which runs into several thousand pounds a year.