Polegate loos could remain open for town

Public conveniences in Polegate. January 30th 2014 E04098Q
Public conveniences in Polegate. January 30th 2014 E04098Q

Public toilets in Polegate’s High Street could remain open after the town council agreed to look at a further option over the facility’s future.

The controversial issue has been rumbling on for some months and stems from a review by Wealden District Council (WDC) to look at introducing a community toilet scheme, where instead of public toilets being available, businesses provide facilities instead.

But Polegate Town Council does not believe a CTS will work in the town and because WDC has withdrawn funding for the provision of the high street toilets it has been looking at ways to keep them open.

The full council will meet at its High Street offices on Monday (February 24) at 8pm to discuss options.

It will be one of many meetings PTC has had on the issue.

Last month the Gazette revealed that the toilets looked set to close after PTC discussed several options offered by WDC to keep the toilets open but said they felt because of the financial implications it would have a knock-on affect on council tax payers.

So it was decided that WDC would proceed with the proposed closure from April 1, whilst PTC looks at alternative ways to fund and provide the service.

But now a further option has been put forward and PTC has agreed to look at the matter again.

This includes PTC paying a peppercorn rent for the toilets on a one year lease or possibly longer. The town council is also looking at alternative toilets being installed on town council land.

A WDC spokesman said that community toilet schemes have been in operation in other Wealden towns for several years and provide an additional source of income to establishments who provide such services. Premises in areas including Hailsham and Herstmonceux have signed up to be part of the scheme.

A planning meeting will take place on Monday at 7.30pm prior to the full council meeting.