Hundreds sign petition to keep Clevedon toilets open
PUBLISHED: 09:00 31 July 2015
More than 400 people have signed a petition in one week to keep a block of public toilets in Clevedon open.
The toilets, located at the top of The Beach, are currently being maintained by Clevedon Pier as its facilities are currently closed due to the ongoing construction works at the site.
However, the public conveniences are only available during the pier’s opening hours and once its own facilities reopen the public block may close. Anyone wishing to use the pier’s toilets would have to pay to enter the heritage attraction in order to use its toilets.
The petition has been started by Rose Hurley, a member of the Middle Yeo Surf Life-saving Club.
She says the group has had to pick up human faeces from the beach, due to a lack of facilities nearby.
She said: “It’s not nice finding human poo on the beach.
“Last year a number of toilets were shut down, including Sixways, and 20p slots were put in at The Triangle.
“If you at the top of the beach there will be no facilities, as once the pier reopens (its toilets) those will shut.
“All the women’s toilets need is a good clean although the men’s are a little bit messy and do need a refurbishment.
“We don’t mind paying as long as the facilities are maintained to a high standard as we pay 20p to use the ones in The Triangle and they are disgusting.
“The petition has been great and we have about 400 signatures at the moment.
“I am hoping to present it at the town council meeting on August 26.”
Rose also revealed she has approached a number of cafés and pubs in the area to see if they would be willing to allow people to use their toilets, but none of them agreed.
However, pier bosses have revealed that they are in fact speaking to ‘interested parties’ about the possibility of the toilets remaining open after the works to the visitor centre have been completed.
Phil Curme, director and trustee at the Clevedon Pier and Heritage Trust, said: “The pier directors recognise they are highly valued by the community.
“For this reason we are in talks with a variety of interested parties, the aim of which is to find a way of keeping them open. But it is difficult because the cost of upkeep is relatively high.
“However, we will try our best to achieve this aim and, whatever the outcome, will endeavour to keep the public informed.”
The work on the £2.25million Clevedon Pier visitor centre, which has been under way since October 2014, will include new toilets, a new Tiffin tea room, viewing platform and a gift shop but the expected completion date pushed back until November.
The long-awaited community share scheme is also expected to be launched next month as a way of raising the final £500,000 of funds for the project.