Opposition to council toilet closure move

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

A row has broken out over the closure of two public toilet blocks at Chapel St Leonards.

Chapel Parish Council says it was forced to temporarily shut the seafront toilets at South Road and Trunch Lane because the facilities were being abused.

Notices state the decision was taken following the theft of water, toilet rolls and criminal damage.

However, holidaymakers and businesses owners say they have been seriously inconvenienced by the loss of the loos.

Tomlinson’s Leisure run the Hut Cafe in South Road.

Manager Laura Tomlinson said: “Staff have had bad language and abuse directed at them by people wanting to use our toilet.

“People are disgusted about the public toilets not being open. The cafe is letting disabled people come and use the toilet, but it should not be our responsibility.

“Our warden even offered to open and shut them. Hopefully the council will change its mind.”

The parish council took over the running of the toilets in 2011 after East Lindsey District Council planned to close them.

A review of the closure is planned, but the toilets are unlikely to reopen before the end of the holiday season.

Parish Council chairman Mel Turton-Leivers said: “Last financial year, it cost £13,500 to run all four of the public toilets in Chapel St Leonards. But recent abuse of the South Road and Trunch Lane toilets threatens to increase these costs significantly.”