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More unisex loos could be the way

SENIOR councillors have refused to rule out turning more public toilets around Bognor Regis into unisex facilities.


Arun District Council’s cabinet members said they would not consider setting a policy for or against the change.


This clears the way for additional loos to follow the new conveniences approved for Bognor Regis seafront to be capable of being used by men and women.


As reported, some councillors have called for single sex facilities to be kept. The cabinet was asked to confirm if a policy of unisex loos was in place.


But Arun’s chief executive, Nigel Lynn, said at Monday’s meeting: “We do not have a policy on unisex toilets. I do not believe we need one either.”


The council’s constitution set out that officers should manage the daily delivery of services councillors wanted to be provided. The type of toilet facilities came within the scope of that set of rules, he said.


Cllr Gillian Brown, Arun’s leader, said the council would look at each site differently during its programme of refurbishment.


“We can’t change everything overnight to whichever way we wanted to go,” she said. “Each one will be looked at on its own merits. That is contained in our constitution.”


The cabinet agreed to the decisions of the environment and leisure working group to keep open previously threatened toilets in areas like Aldwick and Felpham with help from parish councils.


Cllr Mrs Brown said: “I’m pleased we have managed to resolve many of the problems we thought we had with the toilets and that the parish councils decided to work in partnership with us.”


Cabinet member for residential services Cllr Trevor Bence contrasted their backing with the refusal of Bognor Regis Town Council to pay towards the toilets. “In this day and age, it’s really sad the town council has not got involved with this,” he said.

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