Toilet closure halts family day out

PUBLISHED: 09:00 01 August 2014

Toilets at the top of Ashcombe Park near the café for an article on the closed public toilets.

Toilets at the top of Ashcombe Park near the café for an article on the closed public toilets.

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A WESTON family has been left 'disappointed' after having to cancel a day out due to closed public toilets.

Louise Miles (centre), with Samantha Barnet, Cameron Harford, Holden Tippett and Daniella Miles.Louise Miles (centre), with Samantha Barnet, Cameron Harford, Holden Tippett and Daniella Miles.

Louise Miles, who lives on the Oldmixon estate, often goes to Ashcombe Park in Milton with her family and was disappointed to see the toilets shut.

Because her sister is pregnant and the family has lots of young children, they had to cancel the family picnic.

The toilets were supposed to open last week, but due to delays in the refurbishment they are now expected to open in the next few days.

The 31-year-old said: “We try to go to the park at least once a week with family and friends.

“My sister is pregnant and was in quite a lot of pain because she couldn’t go to the toilet, so we had to leave.

“We were looking forward to a nice long day and had brought a picnic.”

Weston Town Council, which owns the toilets, hoped to have them opened last week but contractors have caused a delay.

The authority has taken over the toilets and funded the refurbishments after North Somerset Council had earmarked them for closure.

But vandalism at Grove Park and Clarence Park slowed the process and now the contractor in charge of installing safety railings is also behind schedule.

Council leader Peter Crew said: “It is disappointing it has taken longer than we expected but it is not far off now.

“I was determined to get the toilets open before the school holidays and I have made it clear I am disappointed with the company.

“I can only apologise to everyone but as soon as we have the railings, the toilets will be open.

“There are only a handful of companies which can do this work.

“We are disappointed, but if we hadn’t refurbished the toilets, North Somerset Council would have closed them completely.”

Miss Miles added: “I have got three sisters and a brother, and they all have children, and we prefer to go to the park instead of the beach but now we will have to go to other places.”

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