Concerns remain over public toilet

A question mark hangs over the future of Polegate High Street’s public toilet after funding was turned down by Wealden District Council.

A review is underway of public toilets across the district to look at a Community Toilet Scheme being put in place. The scheme asks businesses to provide the facilities instead. If this happens the public toilets would close.

Polegate Town Councillor Daniel Shing is leading the calls to save the facility. He said: “Polegate is very different to other towns and parishes, we have a very limited number of shops which have both male and female toilets to meet the basic requirements, but to find one with public disabled access in a shop is near impossible, maybe only the pub could offer such facilities.”

Cllr Rowena Moore, Wealden District Council’s waste management portfolio holder, said: “The council fully appreciates the need for community facilities and this has led to the development of the Community Toilet Scheme which is already successfully in place across the district.

“We have worked successfully with parish and town councils to provide Community Toilet Schemes in other villages and towns, where local businesses or other civic buildings receive a small annual payment in exchange for making their loos available to the public during their normal opening hours.

“The council recognises the need for community facilities and no changes will be made until a suitable Community Toilet Scheme is in place in Polegate.”

A town council is set to look at the matter and funding possibilities on March 25.