New public loos are targeted by ‘mindless’ vandals in Hailsham

Public toilets
Public toilets

Vandals have targeted a new set of public toilets in Hailsham, resulting in the theft of a cistern lid in the disabled cubicle and a broken lock in another cubicle.

The attack at the public convenience in North Street, is believed to have taken place sometime on Sunday (August 24) or Monday (August 25).

Hailsham Town Council said its contractors will undertake repairs as soon as possible.

The public toilets were opened last month by town Mayor Cllr Jo Bentley after the town council carried out extensive work to provide the facility for residents.

In a statement the council said: “The town council has put a lot of money into providing the public toilets for the local community to use and it is disappointing to see that the facilities, which were only opened a few weeks ago, have been subjected to such mindless acts of vandalism.

“If anyone has any information regarding the damage and who may be responsible for it, you are encouraged to contact Sussex Police on the non-emergency 101 number.

“The repair costs to these facilities will ultimately fall upon the ratepayers of Hailsham and so the town council would like to call upon nearby residents to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activity or wrongdoing.”

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.

The public toilets replace those in Vicarage Field which were maintained and closed by Wealden District Council.

The town council looked into the possibility of refurbishing that facility but due to its condition and high level of asbestos present, the project proved too costly and the more viable option was to build new facilities.

The town council is asking anyone with any information about the vandalism to contact Sussex Police.

You can contact police on its non-emergency number 101.

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