Public toilets could be saved in Willingdon

Willingdon parish offices and public toilets
Willingdon parish offices and public toilets

A new parish council office and public toilets could be on the cards next year for Willingdon following discussions with Wealden District Council and East Sussex County Council.

Willingdon and Jevington Parish Council opposed the district council’s plans to shut the public toilets at the Triangle in Willingdon from March 2015.

Instead it proposed to both the district and the county council, which owns the land, that the building is converted into a parish council office with two new toilets attached to the building.

If given the go ahead it could be partially funded by Wealden District Council’s Community Toilet Scheme, which involves businesses making their toilet facilities available to the public.

A spokesman for the parish council’s committee, which has been in discussions about the plan with the county and district council, said: “We have been looking for a site for a parish council office for many years. This opportunity arose when Wealden District Council told us they intend to shut the public toilets at The Triangle at the end of March 2015. Our latest discussions with district council officers and East Sussex County Council have been very positive and although there are some details to be worked out and planning permission for change of use needs to be obtained we have become increasingly confident that the three councils will continue to work together to make this happen.

“Not only will the parish council have retained public toilets in Willingdon but we will be more visible to our residents and able to improve our service to them.”

Cllr Graham Wells, Portfolio Holder for Housing and Asset Management at the district council, said: “Talks about the future of toilet facilities and the opening of a parish council office between Willingdon and Jevington Parish, Wealden District and East Sussex County Councils have been encouraging. This shows the results of close partnership working between all tiers of local government.”