Tourism bosses attack restricted public loo opening hours in Burnham
councillors and tourism bosses in Burnham-On-Sea have this week
called for longer opening hours for public toilet facilities over
the busy summer holiday season.
have complained about the restricted opening hours of the loos
on Burnham's Esplanade, which currently close at 5.30pm.
Jefferies, Tourism Manager at BIARS, which runs Burnham's tourist
information centre, told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We're working
to hard encourage tourists into our town and it does seems crazy
that a seaside town like Burnham closes its public toilets at
5.30pm. These essential facilities need to be open later."
Neville Jones added: "It is a disgrace that Sedgemoor District
Council locks the facilities so early. In the busy summer months
they should be closed no earlier than 8-9pm when visitors are
still on the seafront. Just a few years ago we had five public
toilets in Burnham - now we have two and the council is keeping
these open to only a bare minimum."
Cllr Louise Parkin added: "It is absolutely ridiculous when
we are trying to promote ourselves as a tourist-friendly town.
Many families do not feel comfortable visiting loos in pubs, so
having these public loos open is essential."
council spokeswoman Claire Faun said the council is aware of the
concerns and is seeking to extend the opening hours.
told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "We are in the process of arranging
to keep the loos open whilst there is someone on duty at the nearby
jetty hut. They would lock them, rather than the usual person,
so during the high season and varying with the tide times, this
would usually be around 7pm."