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News Archive > General > Vandals force rail station toilets to close

Vandals force rail station toilets to close

By Simon Fernley 13th March 2020

Vandals force rail station toilets to close
Councillors Kevin Towill and Dave Cheney inspect Newquay´s public toilets

THE much-used public toilets at the railway station have been closed until further notice following ongoing issues of vandalism and an attempted arson attack.

Newquay Town Council has been forced to shut the facilities for health and safety reasons to protect the public, its staff and assets after many of the problems encountered were caused by drug and drink abusers.

The public toilets have suffered various vandalism, including toilet rolls being set alight, light sensors being broken, littering of drug-related paraphernalia and people urinating throughout the facility.

Councillors Kevin Towill and Dave Cheney met with Tony Wright, the town council’s facilities manager, to discuss the issue. They agreed to investigate every avenue before any decision is taken to permanently close the railway toilets.

Mr Wright has also met with a representative from Addaction, who work with drug users to help manage, reduce or stop drug or alcohol use, in a bid to gain more information that may help with the problems encountered at the public toilets. Meanwhile the police have agreed to help patrol the railway toilets to remind people about thei

r responsibilities when using the facilities. The town council will additionally be trialling CCTV in the toilets and monitoring the impact it has.

The Great Western Hotel are still running their Community Toilet Scheme, which will be available for members of the public to utilise during the temporary closure of the railway facilities.

Cllr Towill commented: “The town council realises that these toilets are positioned at an important and busy area of the town. “We are doing everything we can to try and solve this recurring and anti-social problem which is causing inconvenience to many people.”

Tony Wright, the manager of the facilities service, added: “These facilities continue to be targeted daily by drug and drink abusers who leave them in a terrible state for other toilet users.

“This causes great distress for not only other users but also the facilities staff who work hard to keep them clean and hygienic.

“As a result of the ongoing vandalism, and in light of the arson attack, I took the decision to close down the whole facility until further notice. This decision was taken to protect the public users, my staff and also the town council assets.

“The behaviour by a minority of people is totally unacceptable – with no concern for anybody but themselves they are ruining it for everyone else.

“These facilities are very busy, and I genuinely feel for the majority of people that use or depend on them. We don’t want to be closing facilities down, but we have no choice when faced with such targeted abuse.”

By Simon Fernley 13th March 2020

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