Friday, 24 June 2016

Public Conveniences - all change? Sussex Local report for July

Future Toilet policy to be discussed.
AS Cabinet member responsible for amongst other things public conveniences there is a very important report being discussed by the combined Leisure Tourism and the Environment working party on the 28th of June.

Arun has quite a few toilets some of them in a poor condition, we need to invest money to bring the most used of these up to a decent standard, but this will result in a consolidation of existing toilets.

Some toilets are in remote rural locations and in the winter time they can be used for anti social behaviour, I always thought I was worldly wise , but I didn’t know what a glory hole was until I started this role, hopefully a lot of you won’t know either. I won’t say any more on that subject and I will let the more adventitious google it,

So in general terms what the paper will propose is closing some of the more rural toilets in the winter, eg keeping them for summer use and avoiding the Anti social activity,

Investing in the high volume toilets introducing things like showers for sea side locations, and consulting on closing some toilets to save money.

Parishes and town councils will be given options to take over some toilets and develop them into a mixed use, eg introducing a business tenant to oversee the toilets and also make money from their business.  Many locations can be converted to cafe’s, cycle shops, taxi offices etc etc as well as having toilets.

I mentioned this to Arundel Town Council recently and indicated that the Crown Yard toilets may be one of the toilets that could either be closed, or delegated to the local Parish (EG Town Council),  I said that the ATC should see this as an opportunity, the existing toilets are huge, could easily occupy half the space and could be sub let to a business like a cycle shop.

If ATC should wish to take over operation it could be a win win situation for everyone, eg it could provide a revenue flow for ATC, it would maintain some sort of presence and would save the tax payer money.

I try to be straight with you the resident and taxpayer and hopefully you will take on board that this is a consultation and not a decision, but money has to be saved and we need to find new ways of working.  Your feedback to Arun will be welcome, but the status quo is not really an option.

Until Next Month,  Paul Dendle is the Arundel & Walberton Ward & Cabinet member for Leisure & Amenities.  Web address is www.pauldendle.org and email cllr.paul.dendle@arun.gov.uk

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