Syringes and drug paraphernalia outside Hove’s public toilets

SYRINGES and suspected drug paraphernalia have become the latest scourge on a troubled public restroom.

Disgusted residents have called on Brighton and Hove City Council to clean up the “disgusting” public toilets on King’s Esplanade in Hove.

A small metal bowl, aluminum foil and syringes were found Sunday outside the community-run facility.

Photos showing the hazardous materials were taken as families used the popular esplanade – just a day before the children return to school this week.

“These toilets are disgusting, smelly and shameful,” said one person.

“I wouldn’t want to take my kids there,” said another.

The city government responded that they were struggling to keep up with their cleaning schedule.

“We are currently having staffing difficulties and do not find it easy to cover this work with temporary workers,” said a spokesman.

“We are working to address this urgently.

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“We would like to apologize for the occasional cleaning of the King’s Esplanade toilets.”

Tory Councilor Robert Nemeth has also criticized the cleanup efforts – saying they posed a danger to the public.

“It is of course of great concern to many, not least parents, that drug paraphernalia are strewn in public areas that are easily accessible to children,” he said.

“There are many driving forces behind this complex issue, but certainly the liberal attitude of both the Council and ultimately many members of the public towards drugs is a big part of the problem.”

It’s not the first time public toilets in Hove have been criticized for their cleanliness.

The Argus reported last year that the Western Esplanade Loos, just off the Rockwater shoreline, was “like a rink of p***.”

One visitor who almost fell into the mess said it was difficult to keep his footing on the ground.

The man, who asked not to be named, said: “There was so much urine on the floor I almost slipped, it was like an ice rink full of p***.

“It’s an absolute health hazard – an old person or a child could easily spill something there.

“Someone has to go out and clean these.” Syringes and drug paraphernalia outside Hove’s public toilets

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