Vandals have already hit refurbished toilets


Vandals have already damaged Boston’s newly-refurbished public toilets.

The main door of the ladies’ toilet in the Cattle Market car park was forced after it had been shut up for the night, damaging the electronic coin-operated locking mechanism.

The incident happened some time between the toilets being closed and made secure at 8pm and 10.45pm on Friday (May 9) when police noticed the open door.

Earlier in the week, within 48 hours of the refurbished toilets being reopened, the door mechanism in one of the cubicles in the gents was kicked in. Two people were arrested by police in connection with the incident.

Town centre portfolio holder, Coun Derek Richmond, said: “It is almost unbelievable that someone has caused this damage so soon after the work had finished to improve them for everyone’s comfort.

“Whoever has done it needs to understand that it has cost £65,000 of everyone’s money to make these improvements – that’s the total council tax payments to the borough council for a full year from 386 families.”

He added: “The council has funds to pay for general maintenance, but cannot afford to keep paying out for unnecessary repairs. What will happen when we cannot afford to continue to keep the toilets open?”

Normally the council’s CCTV cameras have a view of the toilets, but they were obscured by May Fair rides.

Adam Eden, the council’s anti-social behaviour case worker, said: “In all other regards it was a model May Fair. It was a family event, full of fun and without intimidation and bad behaviour. Everyone had a good time.”