A FURIOUS resident has slammed the “disgraceful state” of seafront toilets left covered in urine and excrement.
Madeleine Grant said she felt disgusted after visiting the public toilets on Hove seafront, near The Lawns Café, last week.
The 55-year-old, who lives in nearby Grand Avenue, Hove, said the toilet seats were covered in excrement and questioned how Brighton and Hove City Council could “consider the facilities to be acceptable”. Madeleine Grant standing by her mother-in-law's beach hut on Hove seafront
She said: “I visited my mother-in-law’s new beach hut three times over the last two weeks, and I have been absolutely disgusted by the appalling state of the nearby public toilets.
“There was excrement on the toilet seats and in the toilet, there were used sanitary towels and tampons, together with the stench and the urine all over the floors it's completely unacceptable.
“My mother-in-law’s beach hut cost £33,000 after years of saving and working towards her dream of owning one, and one of the most appealing factors was the fact the toilets were nearby.
The toilets on Hove seafront
“But in reality, it has been massively disappointing.”
Issues regarding the maintenance and cleanliness of the public toilets along Hove seafront were also raised in April last year, with councillors concerned that the “poor conditions” would deter visitors to the city.
Brighton and Hove is a leading visitor destination which welcomes about 12 million visitors a year.
Robert Nemeth, councillor for the nearby Wish Ward in Hove
The visitor economy generates around £976 million each year and supports more than 24,000 jobs directly, with many associated services also relying on this sector.
In July 2021, the city council announced a total of £2.7 million would be spent upgrading public toilets in the city over the next tree years.
Robert Nemeth, councillor for the nearby Wish Ward, said the state of the public loos are an “embarrassment”.
The toilets on Hove seafront
He said: “When you have tourists and greater usage, you have the embarrassment of people from the outside seeing what is ultimately a Brighton and Hove problem that should have been solved years ago.
“And you can’t suddenly start fixing them in the summer either because of the visitors to the seafront.
“This is something that should have been fixed last winter, but clearly it wasn’t.”
A spokesman for the council apologised for the toilets not being"as tidy as we want them to be for residents and visitors alike".
He said: “Our cleaning team makes frequent visits to all the toilet sites on Hove Seafront as part of their daily routine.
"They simply cannot be at all sites all the time cleaning up each time a toilet is used.
“We ask everyone to be considerate when using the city’s public toilets and to avoid leaving a mess.”
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