As restrictions have been relaxed over the past few weeks, Hailsham Town Council has recently reopened its public toilets in the town centre.
Following national government guidance, the Town Council closed its public conveniences (located in the former Cortlandt Stable Block in North Street) at the outbreak of the coronavirus in March.
An outside contractor is currently responsible for the opening, closing and cleaning of the toilet block on a daily basis and, to allow more frequent cleaning of toilets, the facility will operate six days a week (Monday to Saturday), but at reduced opening hours of 11am-2pm each day.
The facilities have reduced capacity to ensure social distancing can be managed and there are signs on display outside and inside the premises offering guidance on social distancing and hand hygiene.
“The Town Council is grateful to residents for their continued observance of social distancing during the latest easing of the lockdown restrictions,” said Town Mayor Cllr Paul Holbrook. “We appreciate the closure of the public toilet facility has been inconvenient, which is why we would like to thank everyone for their understanding and patience during this challenging time.”
“I would like to take this opportunity to ask all users to follow the social distancing and hand hygiene guidance provided at the facilities, and to treat the facilities with respect.”
Town Clerk John Harrison said: “I’m delighted that we havenow reopened the North Street toilets, making the lives of our residents a little easier. Nevertheless, our main concern is to protect the health and well-being of those who use our public toilet facilities.”
“We ask residents and visitors to please ensure that you do your best to abide by the government’s guidelines on social distancing when using the toilets. Limiting the number of individuals within the toilet blocks will help with this and there will be guidance posters at the facilities to request this, along with guidance relating to hand hygiene.”
Mr Harrison added: “We urge everyone to be aware that COVID-19 is still in circulation and sharing toilet facilities is less safe than using your own toilet at home. Therefore, it is important that people only use the public toilets if they have too, and to prepare and plan their journey before they leave home.”
Whilst the Town Council will be following Government guidance on the cleaning of public places and will do all we they can to reduce the risk of exposing both the public and the cleaners to COVID-19, the public need to be aware that the use of these facilities is at the individuals’ own risk.
Terry Hall, Communications & Public Information Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
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