Acts of criminal damage and vandalism affecting the public toilets in Ambleside, Grasmere and Langdale are costing hundreds in repairs and loss of income, a recent news report in the local media has been able to suggest.
Running costs last year totalled £68,000 and although the 20p charged in five of the seven toilets brings in about £45,000 a year, the balance has to be subsidised by income from the council’s White Platts recreation area, with a further £13,000 from ratepayers.
Damage includes paddle-gates being kicked off, sinks deliberately blocked to cause overflow, objects wedged in doors to enable free access and two pay-as-you-enter machines smashed open.
Parish clerk Michael Johnson said that damage was being caused because people objected to paying what might be seen as a “trifling amount” for the privilege of having a public toilet open, clean and operational.
“A lot of people don’t understand that the district council withdrew from the provision of public conveniences, so without Lakes PC taking them on, most would have closed,” he commented.
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