At Surbiton Neighbourhood last week, Councillors declared the public toilets on Claremont Road surplus to requirement and recommeded they either be sold off or leased. They have been closed for over 3 years.
It's not the first time a Lib-Dem Council has closed these toilets because of alleged high costs in running them (they did this in the late 90's too) but with the current economic situation, it now supports their case for disposal in order to realise funds to plug a hole in the Council's finances. People were discouraged from using the toilets anyway because of the undesirables that hung around the outside seating area but it has since meant that local businesses (especially Waitrose) have now unfairly carried the burden of providing public toilets for non-customers (or undesirables).
The original Victorian toilets are still in the basement, albeit mostly stripped of their ornate fittings and fixtures. Still, perhaps there is a possibility the ugly toilet block above could be pulled down and rebuilt (more in keeping with, or respective of, the Clocktower) as a takeaway cafe to serve users of the park and local employees at lunchtime. Good idea?