New Road Toilets – Fire and Vandalism
Vandals set fire to areas within New Road Toilets, Lake, causing a risk to persons and property, with the Toilets now shut and the immediate future to be discussed by the Parish Council, and the proposed new build of the amenity still planned.
Parish Council Chairman Paul Brading said ‘Anti-social behaviour and vandalism at New Road Toilets has cost Lake residents thousands of pounds, and the latest incident posed a serious fire risk to people and the building, and if the fire took hold, could have threatened neighboring properties.’
Vice Chairman Adrian Whittaker added ‘We have reported the incident to the local Police and submitted a report, with photographs, and will support action being taken against the perpetrators.’
Lake Parish Council have recently replaced the Public Toilets at Lake Cliff Gardens, which has seen a significant reduction in levels of anti-social behaviour at the location, and has submitted a loan application to replace the New Road facility in response to the ongoing vandalism experienced at the location.
Cllr Brading concluded ‘We have listened to the concerns of residents, and within the limited resources of the Council, have had to prioritise the replacement of New Road Toilets within the next 6 months, subject to the loan, but recognise this has budget implications for 2024 onwards.’