Toilets demolition wrangle

12:20 29 January 2014

Seafront Toilets

Seafront Toilets

Archant

A Withycombe resident has accused district chiefs of ‘distorting the facts’ to pave the way for the demolition of seafront toilets and the building of new ones.

East Devon District Council (EDDC) has started demolition of the toilets, located between the bowling alley and the old Lifeboat Station.

The new toilets, which will be open by Easter, will include both disabled and baby changing facilities.

And they add that the existing toilets are costly to maintain and do not meet current British Standards.

In a statement, EDDC said that although fewer in number ‘it should be remembered that the existing toilets are actually under-utilised with the optional 10 female toilets never used in the last three years’.

On the Exmouth Vision Facebook page Richard Benford, editor of the Exmouth Voice, said: “So, to get this right, when you said they were never used for three years that is in fact because EDDC never opened them.

“You chose to tell people they were under utilised to the extent that the optional female toilets were not actually even used for but failed to say that they were not open anyway.....is that not misleading the public?”

He added: “By failing to say these toilets were in fact locked up is a distortion of the facts.

“Some would say by being economical with the facts gave EDDC the justification to build not only less toilets but no female toilets.”

A spokesman for EDDC said: “The new toilets are higher quality, easier to clean and maintain, and meet new access and health and safety standards.

“We are confident that, along with the toilets at the Pavilion and the new facilities that will be provided at the new Queen’s Drive water sports hub, there will be sufficient toilets for this part of the seafront, and all of a standard of which the town can be proud.”

0 comments

Other News Stories

12:30

Shoppers in Exmouth were being offered free hugs by two women who wanted to ‘smile and laugh’ with people.

Read more
06:30

Exmouth has seen a 20 per cent increase in recycling with a new collection scheme.

Read more
Yesterday, 16:00

It’s Pancake Day on Tuesday, February 28, and we want to know what Devon’s favourite pancake topping is. Sweet, savoury or both? Decide in our poll here...

Read more
Yesterday, 13:16

Lympstone Primary school children were put through their paces when the Marines barked out their instructions to

Read more
Yesterday, 12:30

Police have received reports of ‘several’ thefts from vehicles parked in isolated beauty spots and car parks near Budleigh Salterton and Woodbury.

Read more
Yesterday, 11:59

Lurcher Beau, aged six, has spent the last three years at Dogs Trust Ilfracombe and watched more than 1,000 dogs find their forever home while he has been overlooked. Can you give him the home he deserves?

Read more
Yesterday, 11:18

Sidmouth protesters among those arguing against ‘draconian’ changes that they say have ‘left retirement plans in tatters’

Read more
Yesterday, 10:00

Panters, a family-run business which first opened 123 years ago, is set for an emotional farewell as it closes its final store in Exmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:30

Police have warned Exmouth residents not to hand out bank details to a ‘pushy’ bogus caller.

Read more
Thu, 18:32

The Budleigh Salterton Carnival Club fundraiser is fast approaching.

Read more

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 10°C

min temp: 8°C

Most Read News

Useful Links

Advertise in the Paper
Submit a Story
Subscriptions Order
Competitions
Photo Orders
Family notices
iwitness24
Google Plus
Facebook
Twitter
Reader Travel

Family Notices 24

Read Online

Image
Read the Exmouth Journal e-edition E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Local business directory

Exmouth's trusted business finder

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists


Find planning applications