11:00AM, Sunday 23 August 2015
A new toilet facility in Old Windsor has been vandalised just weeks after opening.
Following requests from residents, Old Windsor Parish Council installed an accessible toilet, with baby changing facilities, at the recreation ground in St Luke’s Road.
It was opened to the public at the end of July and is attached to the youth centre building. It cost £13,500 in total.
But on Sunday evening when parish councillor Lynne Jones went to lock up the toilets at 8pm she found that someone had tried to set a toilet roll on fire and attempted to kick the door off its hinges from the inside.
Cllr Jones said: “We don’t usually get vandalism, it’s just a one-off.
“The parish council is trying to listen to the community and we haven’t got shed loads of money.
“It’s only been there for a few weeks so it is just a shame that one or two people have acted like muppets and wanted to destroy something.”
She said CCTV cameras have been considered by the council but it would not have helped for this incident as it took place inside the toilets.
“Obviously, if it’s all done inside it wouldn’t be caught on camera, but installing CCTV is something we do always keep under consideration,” she said.
“The police had one up on a pole five or six years ago and the camera itself was vandalised.”
Cllr Jones said the incident has been reported to the police and urged people to report anyone acting suspiciously on 101.
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