Some public toilets to reopen

A limited number of public loos will be open in North Norfolk from this weekend after fears that leaving them closed could cause health problems.

From Friday, May 22, North Norfolk District Council-run public conveniences in nine areas, mostly at the coast, will be open from 9am to 6pm every day.

But the leader of the council, Sarah Butikofer, said this did not mean visitors were welcome to flock to beauty spots and beaches in their droves.

“We are constantly reviewing all of our public facilities to ensure we find the right balance between sensible measures to preserve public health during the lockdown and the need to ensure we don’t attract large crowds of visitors to the area at this time,” she said.

Public toilets including the ones at Wells beach are being reopened.

“Following feedback that the lack of toilet facilities at a few key locations was potentially causing a public health issue, and in consultation with local communities, we have decided to open nine of our 39 public toilets from this Friday.

“These should provide adequate facilities for North Norfolk residents and any visitors travelling around the district to take their exercise, as permitted during this latest phase of the UK’s efforts to contain the spread of coronavirus. We would ask all visitors who use our facilities to please respect the beautiful locations they are visiting and remember these areas are people’s homes too.

“In general, with the virus unfortunately still at large in our communities and, therefore, still posing a serious threat to life, the main message to visitors is still very much to stay away until it is safe to return. It is still not yet fully safe for you to travel here, or for us to welcome you back.”

The facilities which will be open are at: the Deep History Coast Centre at The Meadow Car Park, Cromer; Lushers Passage, High Street, Sheringham; Beach Road, Wells; The Quay at Blakeney; Water Lane, West Runton; Coast Road, Mundesley; Coast Road, Walcott; Beach Road, Sea Palling; Station Road, Hoveton.

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