Hundreds of Hastings residents have signed a petition in protest at plans to close public toilets in Hastings, a news report in the local media can reveal.
Hastings Borough Council is proposing to shut the facilities in Harold Place and in Ore village. The council is also considering introducing three seasonal closures of the public conveniences at Alexandra Park Bowls, Rock-a-Nore, and in Falaise Road. The move would save the authority £120,000 a year.
The proposed closures are part of a raft of proposals by the council for its 2017/18 budget. Council leader, Peter Chowney, said the authority faced continuing cuts from its government grant and added it had fallen by more than 50 per cent since 2010.
He said: “This year alone we are faced with a cut of well over £1m in our total government grant. Our revenue support grant has been cut by £797,000, and there were unexpected cuts to other grants too.
“Yet there is increased pressure on some of our vital services, such as dealing with homelessness, and staff salaries and inflation continue to rise.
"We are working very hard to raise additional income and we would much, much rather raise money than cut services.”
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