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Seafront toilets to remain fenced off

By Kevin Smith


Temporary toilets will be returning to Bognor Regis seafront again this summer.


The portable loos are to installed on the promenade for the third year in a row.


Arun District Council is making arrangements for the short-term facility to be in place.


The news has come after town resident Mo Cook asked for information about the latest situation regarding the permanent unused toilets.


They have been in place on the promenade for two years but have only been used for the first few weeks.


They have since been fenced off by the district council while it tackles their manufacturer about alleged faults.


Ms Cook said: “We have been waiting for toilets on the seafront for three years.


“A guy from the manufacturer came down the other week to check on them.


“What is the update? Are we going to get decent toilets and what are we waiting for?” she said at the latest Bognor Regis Town Council meeting.


“Are we going to get temporary toilets for the summer season which starts in about three weeks’ time?”


Town councillor Matt Stanley, who is also Arun’s cabinet member for technical services, said temporary toilets would be ordered to provide the facility during the summer.


“They have been planned but I don’t know what the installation date is.


He said it was still unknown when the permanent toilets would be opened or replaced.


“It’s a complicated situation. So, in short, there is no further information I can give as far as the seaside toilets are concerned.


“Arun and its officers have said they do not believe that what is there is not fit for purpose at the moment.


“I can say officers are working tirelessly to find a resolution for this.


“It’s not something either officers or members are satisfied with and it is taking an extremely long time.


“What I can ask is that members of the community bear with us.


“It’s something we are picking up at every possible opportunity.


“It is steadily developing but, because of the contractual nature of the situation, I can’t share any further information.”


It was reported in 2018 that Arun budgeted £200,000 for the unisex loos, which are opposite Walton Avenue.


Their late arrival saw temporary toilets installed for the second summer after the district council had closed the previous underground toilets nearby because of anti-social behaviour and flooding.


The new toilets have five cubicles, with one suitable for wheelchair users. Some have baby changing facilities.


Last March, former Arun councillor Stephen Haymes claimed at a meeting aspects of the toilets, such as the roof, were faulty.

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