New doors at Victoria Pavilion in bid to beat toilet vandals

Anti-vandal doors are planned for lavatories at the Victoria Pavilion, Uckfield.

The cost will be about £6,000 because the design will help prevent vandalism.

The toilets are owned and managed by Uckfield Town Council.

Councillors have agreed to go ahead with the works, using funds saved from projects which came in under budget and schemes which are not going ahead in this financial year due to Covid-19. 

Once the doors are fitted, the plan is for them to be unlocked and locked by council grounds-staff at the beginning and end of the working day.

Damage caused by vandals to the men’s lavatories at the Victoria Pavilion. (Photo: Uckfield Town Council). From January this year.

The council’s estates and facilities manager, Mark Francis, told the council’s general purposes committee the reason for needing substantial doors.

He said the existing ones had been chained shut but vandals had snapped the handles and managed to get inside, even though the chains still remained.

Cllr Angie Smith asked if the new doors would withstand vandalism.

Prolonged vandalism

Mr Francis said” “Obviously, if people want to get in anywhere they will do, or try to.

“Ths is probably the best course of action.”

The lavatories have been subject to prolonged vandalism over period of time.

At one stage they were 20p coin operated to try and keep the facilities open in the evenings and weekends.

However, the vandals struck damaging the locks and the toilets.

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