Vandals force half-term closure of public toilets in Seahouses
THE vandals who forced the closure of the main public toilets in Seahouses by causing extensive damage to them last week have been identified.
The toilets, situated at the entrance to the Seafield car park in the centre of the town, suffered considerable damage to all three blocks, including the cubicle doors, on Tuesday, October 30.
New doors have been ordered by Northumberland County Council and repairs will be carried out as soon as possible, but the facility is currently closed in the meantime. Speaking at North Sunderland Parish Council meeting on Monday, PC Geoff Craddock said that toilets had been unlocked when the vandals struck.
He said that the damage was extensive, including smashed cisterns, but that suspects had been identified.
Parish Councillor Tom Orrin said: “It couldn’t have happened at a worse time, in the middle of half term. There were visitors in the village and it’s very embarrassing for the tourist office when people go in and ask where the toilets are.
“I do think if this looks like being a long term thing then we should get the county council to get some temporary toilets.
“Can we get in touch with the county council asking them to make this a priority as they are the only toilets we have?”
Northumberland County Councillor Pat Scott said that any anger and frustration should be directed at the people who vandalised the toilets, and asked parish councillors to give the council a chance to deal with the situation.
She added: “The county council do realise that they are strategic toilets because of the tourism industry.”
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