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Recording and mixing studio to open in Essex public toilets

PUBLISHED: 11:25 27 April 2017 | UPDATED: 12:29 27 April 2017

Public loos which Paul Hepworth hopes to use as a recording studio. Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL

Public loos which Paul Hepworth hopes to use as a recording studio. Picture: TENDRING DISTRICT COUNCIL

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Public loos in Essex are to be saved from going down the pan by a music therapist who hopes to transform them into a recording studio.

Paul Hepworth is looking to take over the toilet block, in Station Street, Walton-on-the-Naze, now planners have given the unusual scheme the green light.

Noise levels from the studio will be kept to a minimum, Mr Hepworth said, as he hopes to carry out a conversion to make sure some parts are sound-proofed.

He told Tendring District Council’s planning committee he wanted to carry out the unique project where he grew up.

He said: “There is a rich heritage of music in this area and I want to build on that for all ages.

“I am keen to offer something creative with an educational use and for people with disabilities, as I used to work as a music therapist and know the benefits this can have.”

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