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'Crumbling' toilets on Barton beach set for full refurbishment in time for summer

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NEW Milton councillors welcomed news that Barton beach’s “frighteningly frail” public toilets are set to be fully refurbished by the summer.

The dilapidated block, recently saved from demolition by campaigners, had already been placed at the top of a priority list for facilities needing an upgrade.

Town mayor Cllr Keith Craze told the latest full council meeting: “As far as our town is concerned, we’re looking at the total refurbishment of the facilities on Barton beach, which are frighteningly frail and crumbling away. This should be completed by the summer.”

NFDC decided against knocking down the toilets after a public appeal
NFDC decided against knocking down the toilets after a public appeal

Cllr Craze also chairs New Forest District Council’s newly-formed public conveniences refurbishment task-and-finish group.

As reported in the A&T, NFDC had suggested the convenience and another in Calshot were “unviable” and should be knocked down after being shut when the first Covid-19 lockdown hit in March 2020.

But strong opposition, including petitions with over 2,700 signatures for Barton and over 4,000 for Calshot, led to a U-turn in March 2021. NFDC then pledged to make up to £9,000 of changes to both facilities.

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