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Exeter City Council want to close more than 1/2 of public loos

The Council says Blackboy Road Toilets have been subject to drug taking and antisocial behaviour

They're trying to balance the books.

Exeter City Council is proposing to close more than half of the city's public toilets. 

They currently manage 26 loos, and plan to close 15 of them. 2 are already closed because of problems with anti social behaviour. 

A report says: " “Every service is being challenged to ensure that it provides value for money and all non-statutory services are under considerable pressure. Public conveniences are not a statutory service and we no longer have enough funding to maintain all the sites we operate.” The authority has to save £3.9 million over the next two financial years.

They are reassuring people that toilets in shopping areas like Princesshay and the Guildhall Shopping Centre will continue to operate as normal.

Here's of the list of the ones that could stay and go:

Set to close: 

  • Cathedral & Quay Car Park (closed in 2016 due to repeated anti-social behaviour)
  • Guinea Street (closed in 2016 due to vandalism, heavy drug use and repeated anti-social behaviour),
  • Blackboy Road,
  • King William Street,
  • Cowick Lane,
  • Ennerdale Way,
  • Hamlin Lane,
  • Higher Cemetery,
  • Buddle Lane,
  • Musgrave Row,
  • Okehampton Street,
  • Fore Street Heavitree,
  • Cowick Street,
  • Fore Street Topsham,
  • Whipton (Pinhoe Road)

Set to stay:

  • Cowick Barton Playing fields,
  • Exeter Quay,
  • Exwick Cemetery (In mess room),
  • Heavitree Park,
  • Honiton P&R,
  • King George V,
  • Matford Park & Ride,
  • St Thomas Park,
  • Topsham Cemetery,
  • Topsham Quay


Councillors will be asked to approve a public consultation on the idea a week today (Tuesday 15th January) 


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