A Community Police Panel highlighted the lack of toilet provision in the evening at Goldsmiths Recreation Ground. The public toilets are closed at 3.30pm from October until March.
Wealden District Council introduced the Community Toilet Scheme in 2009 when the decision was taken to close the public toilets in town. The toilet block at the bottom of Pine Grove was demolished last year. A new use has not yet been identified for the site.
Most outlets that are part of the scheme receive a payment, but the Leisure Centre is considered to be too far away from the centre of town to be formerly included in the scheme. However, nonetheless Freedom Leisure has agreed to allow the public to use their toilets for free.
Former Toilet Block at the bottom of Pine Grove (now demolished):
At the time of the introduction of the scheme, Councillor Sylvia Tidy, represented Crowborough on Wealden District Council and was portfolio holder for environmental services. She said:
We want to work with local businesses to make clean, safe and accessible toilets available to the public, including tourists in Wealden. We will provide a payment to those premises operating the Community Convenience Scheme and by doing so we will make savings on the overall cost of toilet provision. I believe the increase in facilities will be of real benefit to everyone in Wealden, including our visitors.
There are currently four premises in the Community Toilet Scheme in Crowborough:
- Trendy Little Angels
- Waitrose, Croft Road
- Crowborough Town Council
- The Library on Pine Grove
(Click on the place marker to see details of facilities and opening times; Wealden Council need to update the map to reflect “Trendy Little Angels” new location at 6 High Street)
Companies opening their toilets in Wealden receive between £500 and £1,560 per year, depending on length of opening hours and whether they also have a toilet for disabled people and baby change facilities. The money pays for any additional costs incurred by allowing the public to use the toilets. Crowborough Town Council and the Library do not receive any payment.