As life slowly begins to return to normal, South Hams District Council announces the opening of further public toilets.

A photograph of the exterior of the public toilets at Beesands in the South Hams

Toilets which have been closed since lockdown began on Monday 23 March are beginning to reopen. A further number are due to reopen on Friday 5 June. 

The Council have been working hard to reopen more of their toilets whilst ensuring the safety of their staff, contractors and members of the public.  Before reopening, all toilets will undergo a deep clean and the systems will be thoroughly flushed through. 

The first toilets reopened two weeks ago at the popular beach destinations of Bigbury, Torcross, Strete Gate and North Sands. 

As people continue to enjoy open spaces and as markets restart, the following facilities will reopen from Friday: 

  • Beesands
  • Ferry Steps - East Portlemouth
  • Mill Bay - East Portlemouth
  • Whitestrand
  • Wembury
  • South Milton
  • Hope Cove
  • Quay - Kingsbridge
  • Leonards Rd - Ivybridge
  •  Civic Hall - Totnes 

Additional cleaning will be carried out but users are strongly advised to closely follow guidance on social distancing and hygiene, both before and after using the facilities. 

  • Please obey social distancing and keep 2m apart from others
  • Please wash hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds

The Council are doing their best to reduce the risk of infection but this depends heavily on users acting responsibility when using the toilets. 

South Hams District Council's Executive Member for Environment, Cllr Keith Baldry, said: "It is a careful process to get all of the toilets safely back into circulation after the lockdown to address the very real risk of Legionella from the standing water.  As ever there is more to it than simply unlocking a door.

"The heatwave has meant that more people are out and about visiting beaches and open spaces, resulting in increased pressure for facilities to be opened.  However to reopen safely we need visitors to be patient while we put systems and cleaning schedules in place, which will ensure not only their safety, but that of our staff and contractors.

"We're doing our bit to make sure toilets are thoroughly cleaned twice a day, but it is crucial that visitors also play their part by keeping 2m apart from each other while entering and leaving the toilets and by regularly washing their hands to avoid spreading the virus.

"Further reopening of the toilets will happen as soon as we can."

While regular twice daily cleaning is being carried out, the Council appeal to users to remain patient and considerate to their staff since this is for the safety of all.

For more information on the Council's services and Coronavirus response, please visit: www.southhams.gov.uk/coronavirus.

2 June 2020