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Residents call for toilet charges after 'awful incident'

Parents have called for a charge to be brought in to use public toilets after a man revealed a picture of a loo covered in faeces. Photo: BPM.

Parents in Lincolnshire have called for a charge to be brought in to use public toilets across the county after a man revealed a picture of a loo covered in faeces.

The man, who asked not to be named, took his three-year-old cousin to use a toilet on Lumley Square in Skegness, Lincolnshire, last Sunday and was shocked to find one of the cubicles smothered in faeces with soiled underwear also left behind.

There were also footprints from where the person had traipsed through the faeces and spread it further around.

The man has now backed East Lindsey District Council's plans to roll-out a 20p charge on a number of public toilets. He said:

“It always smells in there. But this was something else. We walked straight out as I thought: I am not using this. It’s not just the state of the toilet - it is the germs as well. There are young children who go in there – it is disgusting. In my opinion, if you can’t reach the toilet then you should go back to being potty trained.”

– Member of the Public.
Credit: BPM.

In September, East Lindsey District Council announced plans to introduce a 20p charge to use 13 toilets across Louth , Mablethorpe , Skegness and Sutton-on-Sea as part of ways to reduce the authority’s running costs.

The toilet in Lumley Square was named among those to be affected by the change, which will be implemented over the next three years – a decision welcomed by the man who took the image. He said:

“Years ago you paid 20p or something like that and they were always clean. Since they have been free, they have been a constant mess and rubbish is always everywhere. The other week I saw a trolley on the side that belonged to a homeless person. It had all his belongings in. I know a lot of people don’t use them because of the dirty state of them. I think the council should charge again.”

– Member of the public.

Referring to this incident, a spokesman for East Lindsey District Council confirmed that the toilets are cleaned twice a day and the same team open and closes the facilities.