THE public toilet crisis will remain ‘unresolved’ for another summer after a council vote, Conservatives have warned.
The Greens and Labor voted against a Conservative motion that would have taken interim measures to address midsummer troubles by installing temporary facilities including portaloos.
A Tory statement said there had been “increasing dissatisfaction with the state of public facilities” in recent months, including the lack of facilities, the state of facilities and long queues.
According to the Greens, the refurbishment of three toilet facilities is to start in autumn of this year, calls to buy Portaloos over the summer are “not possible”.
Conservative group Environment, Transport and Sustainability spokesman Robert Nemeth said Labor and the Greens had not listened to local residents on the matter.
“The council is getting further and further away from the real concerns of the people of this city,” he said.
“How the council has become out of touch was summed up at the meeting, as Labor and the Greens voted against action on public toilets but in favor of action against a US Supreme Court decision.
“Their heads are in the clouds and they have lost touch with reality regarding the issues that need to be fixed in this city.
“This will now be another summer that residents will have to endure without adequate toilet facilities by the sea.”
Conservative councilor Samer Bagaeen, who co-sponsored the proposal, said the city’s public toilets were not fit for purpose.
“The toilets are antiquated and in terrible condition, well below modern standards and the standards of other cities in the UK. The seafront toilets at Pavilion Gardens and Hove are particularly bad,” she said.
“This is also an equality issue as there are not enough facilities for the disabled.
“As with its refusal to reopen face-to-face customer service, the council has once again stuck its head in the sand and residents are not happy.”
Green Cllr Siriol Hugh-Jones said the new contractual arrangements, with the council now responsible for cleaning and maintenance, would offer “better management”.
“This Conservative political stance only serves to mislead the public, even though the proposed recovery program is open to the public.
“Meanwhile, their U-turn in deploying Portaloos shows they can’t decide what they want. Your attitude just stinks.
“We know our toilets are in a poor state – and that is why they are being renovated, starting with Kings Esplanade, Daltons Bastion, Station Road and Saltdean Undercliff in the autumn.
“Meanwhile, despite some hiring difficulties, bringing toilet cleaning and maintenance in-house has been a complete success amid concerns about our previous contractor’s standard of service.”
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