Polegate toilets could stay open


Polegate Town Council said it is currently in negotiations with Wealden District Council to purchase the public toilets in the High Street.

The toilets had been under threat after the district council said it could no longer finance them.

Polegate Town Council originally said it could not take on financial responsibility for the toilets because it would have been a financial burden on council tax payers.

But the council is now talking with Wealden District Council about the possible purchase.

While talks are ongoing Polegate Town Council will rent the facility for a year to ensure that the toilets remain open.

MP Norman Baker, who had called for the toilets to remain open said he was pleased with the decision. He said: “I am pleased that the town council has decided at the eleventh hour to save the town’s public toilets.

“Having said that, let’s be clear the origin of the problem is Wealden District Council whose responsibility it should be to keep the toilets open.”

If the town council had not come forward the toilets were set to close on April 1.

Wealden District Council had been backing a Community Toilet Scheme where shops and organisations open their toilets for public use improving footfall into stores.

A spokesman for Wealden District Council said: “We are talking to Polegate Town Council about the sale of the public toilets, but we have no further comment to make.

“The Community Toilet Scheme continues to work well in other parts of the district.”