Call for return of town’s public loos

Hailsham high street
Hailsham high street
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Residents are calling for the return of public toilets in Hailsham after they were closed two years ago.

In a letter to the Express, Ellen and Phil Carpenter from Hailsham, said they fully supported the efforts being made to revitalise the town. But were also convinced an essential element of a successful town was the provision of toilets. But a spokesman for Hailsham Town Council said it would be providing a small toilet facility in part of the former chiropractors’ clinic in North Street and completion is scheduled for either late 2013 or early 2014.

The letter read: “Hailsham’s public toilets have been closed for around two years and, despite promises of refurbishment of these, which are right next door to the proposed street market, and undertakings given of new ones in the, now ASDA, car park. nothing has happened. We, of course, understand that public service cuts have put public toilets under threat, but surely both visitors and locals alike are more likely to shop in the town if they know that public toilets are available.

“One of the marks of a civilised society must surely be the provision of decent public toilets so that all people can go about their business in some degree of comfort.”

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said there are four Community Toilet Scheme premises in Hailsham at Freedom Leisure, Waitrose, Callenders, and Costa. The scheme involves businesses making their toilet facilities available to the public. He said: “There are signs in the premises, on lamp posts and in the car parks and a map of the locations of the old toilet, and we are looking to further publicise the scheme.” To see the full letter, turn to our letters pages 30,31 & 32.