Public toilets in Pevensey Bay are not only eco-friendly but are the first toilets in Wealden to be open 24 hours a day.
The disabled toilet, in the Sea Road car park by the beach, opened earlier this year and Wealden District Councillor Bill Tooley, who worked to get it installed, says it is working well within the village.
He said, “It is benefitting the restaurants and shops in the village.
“It is something we felt was very much needed and I am pleased to say it is working well.”
The toilet is operated by a radar key, which means disabled people who have the key and businesses, such as the Ocean View Restaurant in Pevensey Bay, can access it at any time of day and night.
Cllr Tooley said, “In the past the disabled toilet was only accessible from inside the main toilets.
“As a result disabled residents and visitors were limited as to when they could visit the Bay or local attractions as the toilets closed at 6pm.
“By having a new door cut into the outside wall, access to the disabled toilet is now available at any time night or day.”
The toilet is situated in the same building as the existing toilets, which are within the tourist information centre in the car park.
The building was constructed in the shape of an up-turned boat to make it fit in with its surroundings and Cllr Tooley says it is also one of the most eco-friendly toilets in the country.
Cllr Tooley said, “Its eco-credentials are impressive as it boasts a wind turbine, solar panel, wastewater treatment system and uses a number of complex monitoring systems to ensure that the absolute minimum of electrical energy is used.”
Due to its close proximity to the beach, the toilet is by far the busiest in Wealden especially during the peak summer months and this summer the opening times were extended. Cllr Tooley said residents and shopkeepers were pleased with the revised times.