Relief as once-threatened Barton beach toilets now number one for NFDC improvements
COUNCILLORS were flushed with pride to hear Barton beach’s aged public toilets, previously threatened with demolition, are top of an upgrade list.
The newly formed public conveniences refurbishment task-and-finish group named the facility top priority among the 23 for which New Forest District Council is responsible, New Milton mayor Cllr Keith Craze and fellow councillor Geoff Blunden told a recent full town council meeting.
This comes after campaigners successfully battled to save it and another aged block in Calshot from the axe earlier in the year.
As reported in the A&T, both facilities were shut when the first lockdown hit in March 2020, and an NFDC report later suggested they were “unviable” and should be demolished.
The U-turn in March followed the campaign which included opposition petitions for the Barton and Calshot blocks signed by over 2,700 and over 4,000 local people respectively.
NFDC then pledged to make up to £9,000 of changes to both of them.
Reacting to the latest news, Cllr Craze said: “It’s really good to see that number one on the list for refurbishment is the toilets on Barton beach.
“It will be interesting to see where things go from here.”