Calls to bring back toilet attendants after evidence of drugs discovered

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 June 2018

Public toilets in Grove Park.

Public toilets in Grove Park.


Social media users have called for efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour at Weston’s public toilets to be upped after a rise in drug use and evidence of prostitution was reported.

An increase in antisocial behaviour has been reported at toilets – which are run by Weston Town Council – prompting calls for a review into how they are run.

Grove Park and Locking Road’s toilets have been most affected by the antisocial behaviour.

In a report to the town council’s community services committee, clerk Malcolm Nicholson revealed problems have worsened in recent months.

He said: “The toilets are a valuable public facility especially for elderly and disabled people and also provide baby changing facilities.

“However, there have been increasingly serious problems of antisocial behaviour and vandalism, largely linked to illegal drug users.

“The frequency of problems seems to have worsened last winter, particularly at Grove Park and Locking Road toilets.”

Many people took to social media to share their view.

Sue Phillips Roper said: “The answer has to be bringing back the paid attendants who kept the toilets spotless, and made it safe.

“All the money that is constantly spent on refurbishing damaged units must have come close to the cost of a couple of attendants.”

Amy Elliott wrote on the Mercury’s Facebook page: “Perhaps offer some support to the drug users and prostitutes and help to get them off the streets and find value in their lives.

“People should have a bit of compassion and stop calling them criminals; they are vulnerable people who need help.”

Kim Hill Miller said: “I wouldn’t consider using either of these toilets even if they were free. They are very unsavoury.

“The Grove Park toilets were spotless when they were attended.

“It was short-sighted thinking to get rid of attendants by those who should have foreseen these problems.”

Lyn Lovell commented: “I think what has been done to all toilets in Weston is disgusting.

“They should bring back attendants and start having some pride in our town.”

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