Cleaners confronted with faeces-smeared public loos

The Lincoln Lane public toilet block in Boston.
The Lincoln Lane public toilet block in Boston.

WARNING - graphic images - do not scroll down if you do not want to see pictures of a faeces-covered toilet and urinal.

Council bosses claim their cleaners have a ‘horrendous’ job of tackling public loos in the town due to people abusing the facilities.

The two images of the excrement-smeared toilets in Boston's Lincoln Lane. Photos supplied by Boston Borough Council.

The two images of the excrement-smeared toilets in Boston's Lincoln Lane. Photos supplied by Boston Borough Council.

On what is aptly World Toilet Day (November 19) - Boston Borough Council has lifted the lid on the issue by releasing two shocking photographs of its Lincoln Lane loos smeared with excrement.

They show a toilet with faeces covering the seat and lid - and a second with a big pile of diahrrea left in the men’s urinals.

The Standard first brought you the story about the toilets last month after some members of the public took to social media to complain the recently-refurbished faciltiies were ‘unhygienic’.

However, the council says the bus station facility is cleaned every day - with cleaners having to come out to tackle ‘diabolical’ extra clean-ups because ‘people do not know how to use the loo’.

“There was only one way to clean this and that was to put gloves on and remove the contamination by hand,” said one of the cleaners.

“We expect, on occasions, to have to do some nasty jobs. Toilets can get blocked, and that sort of thing. But this is deliberate and if I had to face it all the time I don’t think I could carry on doing this job.”

Coun Derek Richmond, the council’s portfolio holder for the town centre, said he believes the acts were deliberate: “This sort of behaviour is disgusting and totally unacceptable. There can be no excuse for it.

“I am sure there are not many who would choose to do the job that our toilet cleaning staff do – especially when they are faced with incidents such as these. They find having to deal with these types of things not only nauseating, but upsetting as they take a real pride in the work they do and the cleanliness of the toilets.”

Coun Richmond added: “One would hope they would not leave their own toilets in their own homes in such a state, and there has to be some sympathy for what the cleaners are sometimes faced with.”

Calls to alert the council to unsatisfactory conditions at any of its public toilets can be made to 01205 314200.