The new public lavatory facility opened in Hailsham town centre six months ago has received positive feedback from residents and visitors.
Located in the former Cortlandt Stable Block in North Street (opposite the main Post Office), it was opened to the public last August and comprises two cubicles, one of which is fully wheelchair accessible and includes baby-changing facilities.
The loos are free to use and are open to the public seven days a week, from 8am to 6pm.
Town Clerk John Harrison said, “Hailsham Town Council acknowledges the importance of public toilet availability and as a result of its commitment to provide clean, safe and accessible toilets, opened the new public toilets in North Street to replace those in Vicarage Field which were maintained and closed by Wealden District Council.
“The town council did look into the possibility of refurbishing the former toilet block in Vicarage Field but due to its condition and high level of asbestos present, it proved too costly and the more viable option was to build new facilities from scratch in the building in North Street which the council now leases.”
Commenting on the positive feedback from the public, Mr Harrison added, “Residents and visitors have welcomed the opening of the toilets in North Street and we have already received a lot of positive comments about the new facilities, particularly about how clean and accessible they are.
“Hailsham is no different from other towns in experiencing difficulties with the provision of public toilets, however.
“Vandals have carried out three attacks on the facility since being opened, although the town council acted quickly to report each incident and to undertake the necessary repairs as quickly as possible.”