The costs of running the public toilets in Weston have risen to an ‘eye-watering’ £70,000 due to continuous vandalism and antisocial behaviour that has affected the public conveniences, a recent report has been able to suggest.
In the 2015-2016 financial year, Weston Town Council spent £70,464 on the public toilets – £23,329 on maintenance and repairs, £30,338 on cleaning and £16,797 on staff.
The authority took on six public toilets from North Somerset Council in 2013. It refurbished the toilets in 2014, installing new dryers, baby-changing facilities and under-floor heating at a cost of £160,000.
The income from the toilets for last year was just £6,648.
A spokesman for the town council said: “The town council believes public toilets provide a vital service, particularly for elderly and disabled people.
“Unfortunately persistent problems and antisocial behaviour from a selfish minority has added to the costs of cleaning and repairs but the town council is determined to maintain these important facilities in a clean and safe condition and is continually looking at ways to improve security.”
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