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Leave our loos alone!

Help us keep your public toilets in good condition, appeals town councillor Garry Titmus. Photo: 0514SB-2

Help us keep your public toilets in good condition, appeals town councillor Garry Titmus. Photo: 0514SB-2

After Sleaford Town Council heeded appeals by residents to save the last remaining public loos in the centre of Sleaford, it is now calling upon people help protect the facility from vandalism.

The town council took over the running of Money’s Yard toilets six months ago after North Kesteven District Council threatened to close the block and flatten it for extra parking.

But a growing list of repairs has forced the council to take stock. Coun Garry Titmus, chairman of the services committee, said the town council recognised the need for public toilets and hoped to continue the service by negotiating a longer lease. But the toilets have been the target of vandalism.

This has mainly occurred in the early evening before the toilets close at 7pm during the summer months. Toilets, in both the gents and ladies, have regularly been blocked up with paper and cubicles flooded, as well as door handles and flush handles ripped off. Plumbing and electrical repairs have already added up to over £3,000.

Mr Titmus said: “One day we found faeces slapped all over the walls, the ceiling and doors. It happened later in the day and we had complaints from our cleaners who found it in the morning.

“The worst aspect is while we clean, mend or unblock, we have to close the toilets.”

He hoped the winter opening times of 8am-4pm now in place would reduce the likelihood of incidents.

Mr Titmus urged people to report damage to the council on 01529 303456 or at their offices on Carre Street, or if you have witnessed vandalism call the police on 101.

The council also plans in the longer term to renovate or replace the cemetery toilets and make toilet provision for the allotments.

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