Local residents successfully campaigned against the Council’s proposed closure of Beckenham’s public toilets in 2010. Unfortunately the closure is back on the agenda again and the future of Beckenham’s public convenience will be discussed at the Environmental Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee next year (Tuesday 20th Jan 2015).
The Council has already closed most conveniences elsewhere in the borough. Only Beckenham, West Wickham, Bromley Town and Penge remain. Penge is currently being considered by the Council for closure, with a final decision expected next week.
In place of public conveniences the Council are running the “Community Toilets” scheme, where local businesses are paid to allow members of the public to use their facilities ordinarily reserved for patrons. Bromley Council have already introduced the “Community Toilets” scheme in Beckenham and have been paying for this alongside the public toilets for a number of years. We have over the years received a number of complaints about the “Community Toilets” not being up to scratch or not being accessible. The public toilets have been well maintained and well used.
If you value having public conveniences in the town centre let the Chair of the Environmental Services Policy Development and Scrutiny Committee, the Portfolio Holder and our local councillors know. You can write to them at Bromley Civic Centre, BR1 3UH or email as per the details below.
- Cllr William Huntington-Thresher (Chair of the Environment PDS Committee) – email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Cllr Colin Smith (Executive Portfolio-Holder for the Environment) – email: email@example.com
- Copers Cope Ward Councillors – emails: firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org