A LOCAL authority has apologised to residents in the Moorlands after public toilets frequently remained closed when they were due to be open. Public toilets that are located on Cheadle Road in Blythe Bridge, which are supposed to be open from 8am to 6pm every day, have been shut for lengthy periods of time, prompting complaints from residents. Staffordshire Moorlands District Council (SMDC) are responsible for the maintenance of these water closets.
The topic has been discussed by Forsbrook Parish Council as an issue that has stretched back as far as November 2018.
In a meeting on November 19 last year, parish council chairman Peter Jones said: “There has been more trouble with those toilets than there has ever been.
“When the planning application came in for those toilets, you could not fit in this room for the public who came to listen and debate about them.
“We went through hell meeting after meeting to get those toilets there.”
The problem has been brought up in several monthly meetings of the same parish council since then, including on Monday, July 15 when Cllr Jones said: “There have been complaints from public (about the toilets).
“They were closed for six days in the space of two weeks at one point.
“As a resident, I sent a letter (to SMDC) about the public toilets, but have had no acknowledgment about it.”
The Times and Echo contacted Staffordshire Moorlands District Council for comments on the situation.
A spokesperson for the district council confirmed that the toilets should be open from 8am to 6pm daily.
She added: “We apologise that this has not been the case and we are liaising with the contractors who are responsible for opening the toilets during these hours, and for cleaning them every day, to find out why they have been closed and to ensure they are open when they should be from now on.
“We will be monitoring the situation and carrying out spot-checks over the coming weeks and would encourage members of the public to report any closures to us which they can do online via our website at www.staffsmoorlands.gov.uk.”
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