Toilet cash pledged

EXMOUTH Residents Association has pledged �750 towards keeping toilets, near Littleham Church, open.

EXMOUTH Residents Association has pledged �750 towards keeping toilets, near Littleham Church, open.

They say the district council-run toilets are used by walkers and tourists - but last year the town council determined they were not used enough to warrant them being kept open.

Sandy Bay Holiday Park had paid for them, but after they withdrew sponsorship last year the district council refused to pick up the tab.

Last month Mark Williams, the chief executive of EDDC, told town councillors the land would likely be sold off for development, with the receipts possibly even going to the town hall.


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Geoff Morris of the ERA said: "Local people and visitors should have the confidence that there will always be conveniences near at hand when they need them.

"Public conveniences that have been sold in the last few years include those behind the Grove.... (And) in Withycombe.

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"Adequate public convieniences are essential in any town particularly one like ours that seeks to establish a reputation as a holiday and leisure destination."

He added that if there wasn't enough money to keep them open this year the district council should at least refrain from selling them off 'pending further budgetary provision' in the future.

A spokesman for the district council said: "It is the Council's intention to close the toilets permanently and to dispose of the site. It is too early to say how this will be done but the matter will be considered by Members and Officers at the Asset Management Forum which meets on 22 February."

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