Willingdon toilets won’t be demolished after mix-up

It was thought the toilets at Willingdon Triangle would be demolished
It was thought the toilets at Willingdon Triangle would be demolished

An apology has been issued after councillors were wrongly told that the toilets at Willingdon Triangle would be demolished.

A letter had been sent to local councillors informing them of the move, which Eastbourne MP Stephen Lloyd blasted as ‘ludicrous’, saying they were well used by the public but Wealden District Council has since said the information it sent out was incorrect.

A review is underway of all public toilets across the district to look at a Community Toilet Scheme being put in place, where businesses provide such facilities instead.

If this happens then the public toilets would close.

There are eight communities within the district where this scheme is already underway.

A spokesperson for Wealden District Council said, “As East Sussex County Council (ESCC) is the owner of the site, we are in contact with them to find out whether they would be willing to take over the running of the toilets or, when the lease comes to an end, whether they would like the site returned to them with the building on it.

“These discussions are being widened to include the local district councillors and the parish council and will consider the possible introduction of a Community Toilet Scheme, which may provide better maintained toilets, at a wider range of opening times and helps support local businesses.

“The intentions of ESCC and ourselves will affect the options for the future of the site.

“Our correspondence with the County Council, which we shared with local Wealden members, was wrong to say ‘arrangements have been commenced to demolish the building’.

“We have apologised to the County Council and our local councillors for the inaccuracy.”