CCTV and alarms for Weston’s public toilets?

PUBLISHED: 11:00 21 July 2015

Grove Park toilets.

Grove Park toilets.

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PLANS to add CCTV security cameras to public toilets in Weston have been put on hold in the hope the vandalism at the sites will ease.

Weston Town Council is looking at adding security cameras and alarms to public toilets after the conveniences were vandalised on a number of occasions.

In June, coin machines and hand-driers at the toilets in Clarence Park were ripped out by vandals and the repair bill reached £5,000.

Town councillors decided to investigate how much it would cost to increase security at the conveniences, using cameras and alarms.

The town council monitors six public toilets – Grove Park, Clarence Park, The Maltings, Uphill Links, Locking Road Car Park and in Ashcombe Park.

Last year, the toilets in Grove Park were targeted by vandals on a number of occasions.

To install cameras and alarms on all of the toilets monitored by the authority would cost £8,500 and the annual maintenance cost would be near to £1,000.

But to install cameras at just Grove Park and Clarence Park would cost £3,000, and the yearly cost would be £320.

The toilets are a source of revenue, as users must spend 20p to enter, but some councillors disagreed with the prospect of forking out more cash on the toilets, and Cllr Robert Payne said: “I think it is crazy we paid thousands of pounds just to collect a little bit of money.”

Councillors voted to defer the decision to see if the antisocial behaviour at the toilets continues.

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