Gosport council under fire for not reopening vandalised toilets

Closed toilets in Gosport Park Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
Closed toilets in Gosport Park Picture: Ellie Pilmoor
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  • Residents are angry that the council spent money improving toilets on the sea front
  • They say it should have been spent on toilets at Gosport Park which have been closed for months
  • Gosport council spent £207,000 on improvements to toilets
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A COUNCIL has been criticised for spending £200,000 on toilets along a seafront rather than reopening vandalised loos near a play area.

Gosport Borough Council was given funding by Hampshire County Council to improve toilets and spent the money at Stokes Bay and Lee-on-the-Solent.

I asked the council when they would be reopened and told me the facilities were being demolished

Robert Kite

But people in the town said the cash would have been better spent on vandalised toilets in Gosport Park that have been closed for months.

Robert Kite, from Alverstoke, said: ‘There has been a sign on the toilets saying they have been closed due to vandalism.

‘But that has been up for months and months.

‘I asked the council when they would be reopened and told me the facilities were being demolished.

‘That means anyone using the open space or the playground nearby has nowhere to use the loo.’

The 87-year-old added that people have been told to use the rugby club as an alternative.

‘The only problem is, the rugby club can get funny if you aren’t a member,’ he added.

Fellow Gosport resident Graham Henshaw agrees.

He said: ‘I don’t understand why the council is spending money on toilets that are in good condition.

‘The one set of loos that actually need improving are being ignored.

It just doesn’t make sense. The toilets in the park are needed more.’

Improvements have been made to the toilets on Marine Parade East, in Lee-on-the-Solent, down Lifeboat Lane and at Stokes Bay, near Pebble Beach Cafe.

Work included retiling the walls and floors, replacing windows and repainting all surfaces.

Disabled facilities were also refurbished.

Cllr Graham Burgess, community board chairman, said: ‘It was important to try and get as much work done as we could on our seaside facilities in time for the busy summer months.

‘In total so far we have spent £207,779.75.

‘But it doesn’t stop there for a contractor has now been selected to carry out improvements to the toilets in Marine Parade West in Lee.’