Vandalised toilets may be shut for several weeks
PUBLISHED: 13:30 05 June 2015
'MINDLESS' vandals have caused 'deliberate' and 'extensive' damage to a Weston park's public toilets - meaning they may be shut for several weeks.
Vandals targeted the Clarence Park toilets, which are run by Weston Town Council, on Sunday night.
They ripped out the coin machine and washer and drier machine, and smashed up the baby changing unit.
Council clerk Malcolm Nicholson said: “It is deliberate and extensive mindless vandalism at the Clarence Park toilets.
“It is really sad and annoying, and it has been really badly smashed.
“They ripped out and smashed up the coin pay machine, even though there is no money left in it overnight. They caused extensive damage.”
The council is waiting to find out how much it is going to cost to fix the toilets and how long they will need to be closed for – but the authority warns it could be several weeks before they are re-opened.
The closure coincides with what is likely to be a busy time for the park, with the summer holidays fast approaching.
The town council took over six toilet facilities in Weston, Uphill and Worle and refurbished them at a cost of £160,000 in April 2014. A £90,000 grant from North Somerset Council helped fund the work.
Users pay 20p to access the toilets, which are also at Locking Road car park, Ashcombe Park, The Maltings in Worle, Grove Park and Links Road in Uphill.
In November, the Mercury revealed how spending a penny has cost taxpayers £11.82 a time since charges were introduced with repairs and maintenance costing £38,144.
Town council figures said this would drop ‘massively’ over the years people used them.
Repairs were needed for almost all the toilets between April and November last year, with Grove Park the worst affected by malfunctions and vandalism.
Mr Nicholson added: “The Clarence Park toilets are going to be closed for several weeks, but we don’t have an estimate of how long.
“There will be no public toilets for some weeks. We will do our best to get it repaired and opened as soon as we can.”