Council bids to flush out loo vandals

The vandalised toilets at Bull Beck picnic site, near Caton.
The vandalised toilets at Bull Beck picnic site, near Caton.

A PUBLIC toilet has been closed by town hall chiefs – and could remain shut for good – after it was damaged in a vandal attack.

The toilets at the Bull Beck picnic site off the A683 near Caton are believed to have been targeted at around 2am on Sunday, October 28.

The locked metal security gates were ripped off their hinges by the intruders.

During the attack, toilets were smashed, water pipes ripped off the wall and paper dispensers and door locks broken.

The litter bin outside the block was set alight, causing further damage.

Lancaster City Council, which is responsible for the facility, estimates that clearing and replacing the broken toilets could cost as much as £2,000.

Mark Davies, its head of environmental services, said: “This particular toilet block has been subjected to mindless acts of vandalism for many years now as well as being a hotspot for antisocial behaviour.

“Regardless of the fact that the toilets are located on a popular picnic area used by many during the day, the council simply cannot continue spending council tax payers money on making repairs to the toilet block, only for it to be damaged again during the night.

“Once again, the police have been informed and if caught, the city council will take action, including legal, against those involved.

“If anyone has information which will lead to those responsible being caught, I would urge them to contact Lancaster police on 101.”

The block will remain closed while the council decides upon its future. It was threatened with closure by the council in 2009 as part of review of public toilet facilities in the district.

But it was given a reprieve due to its popularity with drivers, including bikers.

Later that year, the council cabinet backed plans to spend £90,000 refurbishing the block as a pay as you gacility.

The scheme had been pencilled in to take place during the 2012/13 financial year.