Council re-opens seafront toilets in compromise move

Share this article

A seafront toilet block in Chapel St Leonards has re-opened following a public outcry.

Chapel Parish Council made the move to re-open the South Road toilets at a meeting on Friday.

It followed opposition to the decision from holidaymakers and businesses in the village.

However, another parish council owned toilet block at Trunch Lane remains shut.

Both facilities were closed last month after allegations of vandalism and the theft of water and toilet rolls.

Visitors complained that they were seriously inconvenienced by the loss of loos.

Staff at The Hut café on South Road had to deal with abuse and bad language from people coming into the café demanding to use the toilet.

Kate Roby, a director of the café owner’s Tomlinson’s Leisure, said: “I think that this is an acceptable compromise and one that had to be reached.

“I understand the parish council’s problems with theft and vandalism, but this decision is beneficial to holidaymakers.”

The toilets re-opened on Friday following the parish council meeting.

The council took over the running of the toilets in 2011 after East Lindsey District Council planned to close them as a cost saving measure. Last year the council spent £13,500 managing toilets.

Parish council chairman Mel Turton-Leivers said: “The council does listen to what people say. All members of the council get out and about and talk to both residents and holidaymakers. We have to balance what people want with what the community can afford. But there is obviously a strength of feeling over this issue. That is why we have thought again.

“This significantly reduces the distance to available public toilets from the Trunch Lane end of the village. I believe it is a reasonable compromise.”