Toilets set to close after schemes fall foul of council

Public conveniences in Polegate. January 30th 2014 E04097Q
Public conveniences in Polegate. January 30th 2014 E04097Q

Public toilets in Polegate’s High Street are set to close after options over its future fell foul of the town council.

The issue follows a review by Wealden District Council (WDC) which looks at introducing a Community Toilet Scheme (CTS), where instead of public toilets being available, businesses provide such a facility instead.

A spokesperson for Polegate Town Council (PTC) said, “Following a decision by WDC to withdraw funding for the provision of public toilets, PTC met to discuss the possibility of taking on financial responsibility for the toilets in the High Street.

“Despite several options being offered by WDC, they would all have resulted in a prohibitive medium/long term financial burden on the precept and therefore the council tax payers of Polegate.

“On a majority vote it was therefore decided that, regrettably, WDC will proceed with the proposed closure from April 1.”

Councillor Graham Wells, cabinet member for Housing & Asset Management at WDC, added, “We appreciate the cost of maintaining buildings solely for use as public toilets is expensive and we look forward to exploring with the Town Council and others the possibility of establishing a CTS.

“Community Toilet Schemes have been in operation in other Wealden towns and villages for a number of years.

“They provide an additional source of income to establishments who provide these services.”