Council’s plea for people to stop pinching hand sanitiser from recently-reopened public toilets in East Devon

Hand sanitiser is being pinched from recently-reopened public toilets in East Devon – prompting a plea for the stealing to stop.

Ten of the district’s 26 loos have been made accessible again with an enhanced cleaning regime as part of the easing of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Extra hand gels had to be sourced to allow the conveniences in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Beer to be back in action.

But East Devon District Council (EDDC) said on the day they were reopened: “Sadly, we’ve already had cases of hand sanitisers being stolen.

“It’s provided for everyone’s safety, so please think of others and use sparingly.”

A spokesperson told eastdevonnews.co.uk today: “East Devon District Council is still experiencing some issues with people either taking or emptying the hand sanitisers from the 10 public toilets which were reopened by the council last Friday.

“We would ask users to be considerate and think of others when making use of the soap provided.”

Ahead of reopening the loos, EDDC said ‘a comprehensive review including site-specific risk assessments’ had taken place.

It added: “The remaining toilets can’t be reopened at this time due to resource, building design and budget limitations.”

The public conveniences are being fully cleaned three times a day – an increase from the norm of once.

East Devon public toilets which have reopened from 7.30am to 4pm are:

  • West Street Car Park, Axminster;
  • East End (Lime Kiln), Budleigh Salterton;
  • Jubilee Gardens, Beer;
  • Foxholes Car Park, Exmouth;
  • Manor Gardens, Exmouth;
  • Queen’s Drive/Old Lifeboat, Exmouth;
  • King Street, Honiton
  • West Walk, Seaton;
  • Connaught Gardens, Sidmouth;
  • Triangle, Sidmouth.

East Devon: Some public toilets in Exmouth, Sidmouth, Honiton, Budleigh Salterton, Seaton, Axminster and Beer to reopen ‘by May 22’

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