PUBLIC toilets are in such bad condition that two councilors want portable toilets brought in until the council can clean up its mess.
Conservatives Robert Nemeth and Samer Bagaeen said they had received several complaints from local residents about the problem.
And Councilor Nemeth has tabled an application to be discussed by Brighton and Hove City Council at a meeting on Thursday.
It states: “This council recognizes the great public dissatisfaction with the current state of public toilets across the city.”
Cllr Nemeth has asked that the Council “consider making Portaloos available immediately, if appropriate”.
He has asked Council Chief Executive Geoff Raw to “fully communicate existing information regarding the list of proposed renovation dates for each toilet block.”
And he wants the Environment, Transport and Sustainability Committee to commission a report “that shows options for further transitional measures”.
Cllr Nemeth, who represents Wish community, said he heard many complaints during a Friends of Hove Lagoon meeting.
He said: “The condition of the public toilets along the stretch of West Hove that stretches to Hove Lagoon is an embarrassment and there are large gaps where there are none.
“Near Hove Lawns cafe, residents have recently spoken out about filthy facilities with toilet seats covered in excrement and wondered how Brighton and Hove City Council could find them acceptable.”
With visitor numbers picking up again, Cllr Nemeth was also concerned about the lack of toilets in central Brighton, including the state of the toilets at Pavilion Gardens.
He said: “The public toilets at Pavilion Gardens are in a terrible state of disrepair and outdated and many local residents have complained.
“These are in Brighton’s main tourist and heritage area, a popular destination for many people and the continuing poor state of public facilities reflects very badly on the city.
“These public amenities have been attacked by antisocial behavior, and many people feel unsafe using them.”
Cllr Nemeth said that despite being adjacent to one of Brighton’s main tourist attractions, the Royal Pavilion, the Pavilion Gardens “have become one of Brighton’s least safe areas and have recorded a high rate of sexual assault”.
Cllr Bagaeen said an upgrade to Brighton and Hove public toilets should be linked to government funding for Safer Streets.
He said: “There is currently a window of opportunity to improve the situation in both Pavilion Gardens and Hove by the Sea and our Conservative councilors are urging these opportunities to be seized.
“Due to deteriorating crime statistics, the Council has recently received a £69,969 Safer Streets grant from the Government to improve lighting and CCTV installation in Pavilion Gardens following a bid from the Police and Crime Commissioner.”
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