A vicar hopes the credit crunch will enable him convert a 'manky' Fulham public toilet into a debt counselling office.
The Rev Mark Osborne of St John's Church, North End Road, is feeling flush and hopes to buy the disused lavatories next to the place of worship. Hammersmith and Fulham Council has put the £120,000 building up for auction on October 27, but Mr Osborne has other plans.
He said: "This could be converted into something to help the community. I am trying to persuade the council to pull it from the auction to give us some breathing space."
Mr Osborne said the church might rent the building for two years before buying it. "When the credit crunch lifts, we can give the council a really good price for it rather than them relying on a public auction," he said.
The vicar said the WCs could house a debt counselling service and said: "That is why I am interested in these manky old toilets. Obviously, the council is looking to lift the financial weight of providing services. Therefore, they need charities to step into the spaces left."
A Hammersmith and Fulham Council spokesman said both residents and St John's had been consulted about the sale, but did not comment on whether the council is prepared to go along with the vicar's plan.