Closed: the former public lavatories at the top of the Luxford Field car park

Lavatories could return to Uckfield town centre, if council idea works out

Public lavatories could once again be provided in the centre of Uckfield.

The town council is to investigate the feasibility and costs of it providing loos, possibly at the former toilets on the Luxford Field car park.

There are no public lavatories in the town centre, although Wealden District Council promotes and pays a small fee to offices and shops taking part in its Community Toilet Scheme. Details of the Uckfield members are here

Members of the town council’s general purposes committee noted last night that a recurring complaint was the lack of public loos.

In a report to fellow members of the committee, the vice-chairman, Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central Ward, said the current system was “far from ideal”.

Visitors and residents were unaware the scheme existed, he said, adding: “As a newcomer, I only found out about it by seeing a small notice in the Civic Centre.”

Councillors called for a feasibility study and costs into various options, including the refurbishment of the Wealden Council-owned lavatories at the top of the Luxford Field car park.

Members were also concerned that there were no facilities at the Victoria Pleasure Ground when the pavilion was closed. It was agreed the study should include looking at how provision could be made at that site.

The council has previously set aside money to help pay for public loos at the new-look bus station, which is due to be the final part of the High Street regeneration.

Members of the general purposes committee present at the meeting were:

Chair: Cllr Ian Smith, Independent, Ridgewood
Vice-chair: Cllr Paul Meakin, Liberal Democrat, Central
Cllr Jacqueline Beckford, Liberal Democrat, Ridgewood
Cllr Louise Eastwood, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Keith Everett, Independent, Ridgewood
Cllr Helen Firth, Conservative, Central
Cllr Paul Sparks, Liberal Democrat, North

Apologies for absence

Cllr James Anderson, Trust Independent, North
Cllr Diane Ward, Trust Independent, Central

See also:

Car parks with no cars and ice cream vans with no lollies

Uckfield Foodbank moves today (August 25)

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