Calls for public loos to be reinstated at Fareham park

The new clubhouse at Bath Lane Recreation Ground, which has no public toilets Picture: Ian Hargreaves: (151223-1)
The new clubhouse at Bath Lane Recreation Ground, which has no public toilets Picture: Ian Hargreaves: (151223-1)
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CALLS have been made for a council to reinstate public toilets to a recreation ground after they were closed due to vandalism.

Fareham resident John Vivian said he visited the park and was surprised to find that there were no public toilets available, except for those playing cricket at the newly-refurbished Fareham and Crofton Cricket pavilion.

In short there seems to be no toilet available for those who use the park for other activities or taking their small children to play or those who take people with disabilities for the enjoyment of views of Fareham Creek.

John Vivian, Fareham resident

Mr Vivian, of Madison Court, said: ‘We were very impressed by the new pavilion and the help given by Fareham Borough Council for it to happen. It was something they were in need of and will help the club develop, but sadly we found there were no public toilets.

‘In short there seems to be no toilet available for those who use the park for other activities or taking their small children to play or those who take people with disabilities for the enjoyment of views of Fareham Creek.

‘We searched high and low and could find none anywhere that were open. Away from match and training sessions, there seems there is nowhere to relieve oneself except in the bushes.’

He said he would like to see Fareham Borough Council do something to reinstate facilities to the recreation ground.

However, council leader Sean Woodward said that toilets were an important part of the Fareham’s priorities and the Bath Lane toilets were shut due to vandalism, not to save money.

He said there are 17 sets of toilets in Fareham and that the council had bucked the national trend by opening loos in recent years in Hill Head and Titchfield.

Cllr Woodward said: ‘It is important to people and we have prioritised them rather than close them.’

Executive member for streetscene Cllr Tiffany Harper added: ‘Unfortunately, the toilets at Bath Lane were closed in 2009 due to vandalism and problems with drugs. The nearest toilets are located by the bus station in the town centre, which are managed by Market Quay.’

As reported, Gosport Borough Council has also come under fire for not reopening toilets in Gosport Park that were also closed due to vandalism.