Village toilet opening hours announced

Toilets at South Road, Chapel St Leonards
Toilets at South Road, Chapel St Leonards

Opening hours have been announced for two seasonal toilet blocks in a Chapel St Leonards.

The conveniences at South Road and Trunch Lane, Chapel St Leonards will open from tomorrow (Wednesday, April 1) to April 14, between May 23 and May 31, and July 11 to September 2.

Both toilet blocks were shut last year due to theft of water and vandalism of the facilities, which are owned by the parish council. Following a public outcry, the toilets on South Road were re-opened with a review promised for 2015.

The decision on the opening hours was taken at a meeting of the council’s Environment and Amenities Committee earlier this month.

Committee chairman Coun Terry Barrs said: “We recognise that the public toilets are an aid to tourism, that is why we took the seasonal toilets over from East Lindsey District Council in 2011 as an alternative to them being permanently shut. But the council receives no funding towards the cost of the toilets as their provision is not a statutory duty, so the cost of operating them falls entirely on the resident Council Tax payers in Chapel St Leonards. And during this financial year, all of the toilets we operate cost almost £10,500, even with the closures.”

The committee looked at introducing charges for the facilities, but decided the capital cost of installing equipment could not be recouped within a reasonable timescale.

The public toilets at Ancaster Avenue and Chapel Point are not affected by the decision and will be open throughout the summer.

Coun Barrs added: “It is a compromise, whilst undoubtedly some residents do use these toilets, the vast majority of users are visitors to the village. And whilst those visitors contribute to local businesses, it is the residents and not the businesses who are paying the cost. Partial closures will enable the council to keep its costs down and will reduce the opportunity for theft and vandalism.”