Thursday, March 22, 2007

Huge Bill for Toilet Vandalism

Vandals have caused thousands of pounds worth of damage at public toilets across Thanet over the past two weeks.

In the worst incident, the newly refurbished toilets at Stone Bay were defaced by graffiti over the weekend (Saturday 17 – Sunday 18 March), after the painters had only finished work on the outside of the toilets on Friday afternoon.

Youths also flooded the toilets at Alpha Road, Birchington on Saturday and at the public toilets at Minnis Bay, toilet paper was taken out of the holders and put all over the floor, in the sinks and the toilets. The previous weekend saw nine windows broken at the toilets at Joss Bay.

Head of Commercial Services, Mark Seed, said: “Thanet District Council has invested a lot of money in improving public toilets across the area, as local people have told us that this is an important service to them. That’s why it’s so frustrating that the hard work is being undermined by a mindless minority. Local people have made it clear that they want the Council to provide public toilets and they’re a valuable asset for the thousands of visitors who flock to the area each year. We all need to work together to stop these vandals. If anyone has any information about who is responsible for these attacks, I would urge them to contact our Safer Cleaner Thanet Unit on 577888 with as many details as possible. We need to put an end to this vandalism, as it’s costing local people dearly.”


sue said...

Wouldn't TDC save money by staffing these toilets?

DrMoores said...

At night? Are you volunteering?

Anonymous said...

Would you leave your house unlocked/open with no one in it?

Anonymous said...

Its all a bit worrying, the lavatorial interest being shown by our young vandals. Coffee shop in Westwood had a problem the other week with over £2,000 worth of damage done to their toilet. Perhaps TDC could solve the problem the same way that Westwood Cross has done; hide toilets in admin corridors up 3 flights of stairs and the vandals wont find them!

Anonymous said...

anon again!

W.C.'s @ W.C. are certainly a LONG way up ;)

As for the other problems, it's back to the NO DETERRENT against Vandals... if one became overwhelmingly serious about Vandals, one could shoot them like they used to shoot foxes... give them a chance to run... if they get caught... tough!

Council Tax WASTE.

sue said...

I'll volunteer if I get a free kalashnikov as a perk.