Community toilet scheme extends to more places in Wealden

WHEN YOU need the loo the last thing you want is to hunt high and low for a municipal one - which might or might not be closed or vandalised. Now a Wealden District Council project has expanded into Mayfield and Herstmonceux. With the Costa Coffee chain joining the community toilet scheme, there are now 25 Wealden premises providing free, friendly and hygienic toilet facilities in towns and villages.

Cabinet member Cllr Rowena Moore said: “Shops and pubs which join the scheme benefit from increased numbers of visitors as well as a regular payment from the Council to support the upkeep of their facilities. For residents and tourists it provides a growing number of clean, vandal–free facilities.”

The scheme now operates in Crowborough, Forest Row, Heathfield, Horam, Hailsham, Uckfield, Mayfield and Herstmonceux. Wealden is keen to hear from other premises who would like to join. All premises carry the Community Toilet Scheme sign. A list can be found on the Wealden website or by ringing a 24 hour information line on: 0845 6046718.

Scheme manager Martin Ashdown said: “We want this to be a comprehensive and easily accessible service. It is important it caters for people with disabilities and babies.”

Businesses taking part in the scheme can receive between £500 - £1,500 a year depending on the facilities they are able to offer and the periods during which they are open.

Among others places, the scheme operates in: Trendy Little Angels; Waitrose; The Crowborough Cross; Town Council, library and Wealden offices (Crowborough.) Brambletye Hotel, Lenny’s Sandwich Bar, Community Centre and Chequers, (Forest Row.) Limelight, Chilli Peppers Cafe, Maiden’s Head and Civic Centre, (Uckfield.) Wessons Cafe, (Horam.) The Carpenters Arms, The Flower House and Peckish Cafe, (Mayfield) and The Woolpack Hailsham Road, Herstmonceux.