Problems with toilets closing in Brighton and Hove

Runners and walkers taking part in a series of regular weekend events were caught briefly last weekend when public toilets were still closed at 9am.

Brighton and Hove City Council’s decision to delay the opening of toilets until 9am affected hundreds of parkrun participants, among others.

They were surprised to find the doors in Preston Park, Brighton, in Hove Park and on Hove seafront were still closed – and it turned out that the seafront toilets were closed for renovations.

Brighton and Hove parkrun ambassador Labor Councilor Nancy Platts has challenged the council’s decision. She has been a parkrun participant for seven years, starting before her election.

Councilwoman Platts said she was disappointed that parkrun’s normally good relationship with the city council had been marred by the lack of a vote.

More than 1,500 people a week take part in the five events affected by the toilet closures.

After the runners lobbied the council, the council has agreed to reopen the toilets in Preston Park and Hove Park at 8am over the weekend.

But Councilwoman Platts said she was frustrated there was no solution to what could be a protracted closure of the Hove seafront.

She said: “We are delighted that the Council has managed to organize the opening times of the toilets so that Preston Park and Hove Park open first on a Saturday and Sunday, allowing these events to take place as usual.

“There was a deafening silence when I asked why there was no consultation or even notification to any of the five parkrun teams.

“There are two junior events on a Sunday in addition to the three affected 5K events on a Saturday.

“It wasn’t really recognized that this is a basic need and that there are wheelchair users and people with illnesses, pregnant women etc. who also walk the course to get exercise.”

Fellow Labor councilor Gary Wilkinson has asked for a timetable for the refurbishment of the toilets at King’s Esplanade.

He said: “Hundreds of people take part in the Hove Promenade Parkrun, which runs through my central Hove community every Saturday.

“This is a very popular and successful event, attracting walkers, joggers and runners of all ages and abilities.

“As a council, we should do everything we can to support our residents to do this and remove any obstacles to it.”

The council said: “Due to rapidly increasing costs and staff pressures, we will have to change opening hours and close more of our public toilets this winter.

“Some restrooms are also closed for renovations. We apologize for the inconvenience. We make a point of keeping our busiest public restrooms open.

“We have rearranged our work schedules to allow us to continue to open the toilets in Preston Park and Hove Park from 8am to support parkruns in those areas.

“The toilet block on King’s Esplanade on Hove seafront is now closed for refurbishment. We do not have a specific reopening date at this time.

“The public toilets at the King Alfred are a 10 minute walk away so there is an alternative for this location.

“Of course, we would also advise people to use their own toilet facilities before leaving their homes.”

The timed 5K park runs are free and start every Saturday at 9am for all ages from five locations – Hove Park, Hove Promenade, Preston Park, East Brighton Park and Bevendean Down.

A shorter 2km junior race for youngsters aged 4 to 14 starts on Sundays at 9am in Hove Park and Preston Park.

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