The Mayor of Hailsham, Cllr Jo Bentley, was joined by fellow town councillors and the town clerk for a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the official opening of the brand new public conveniences located in North Street.
The facilities, which have been built in the former Cortlandt Stable Block in North Street, the building located opposite the post office which has been leased long-term by the town council, are free to use and open to the public seven days a week, 8am to 8pm.
The unisex facility comprises two cubicles, one of which is fully wheelchair accessible and includes baby-changing facilities.
At the opening, Cllr Jo Bentley, said: “The provision of public conveniences in Hailsham within easy reach of the town centre had been an ambition of the town council for a while and these new facilities will offer a clean, safe and spacious environment that we are sure locals and indeed visitors to the town will greatly appreciate.”
Town Clerk, John Harrison, said: “We are delighted to provide the brand new public toilets to replace those in Vicarage Field which were maintained and closed by Wealden District Council a while back. The town council looked into the possibility of refurbishing that facility but due to its condition and high level of asbestos present, this project 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.”
The next step is to put signage in the town to ensure people are aware of the facilities. The town council is working with East Sussex County Council’s Highways Team and has lodged an application to register the toilets with the district council’s Community Toilet Scheme.