Published: 11:08, 23 September 2020
| Updated: 11:10, 23 September 2020
Residents say they won't be 'palmed of with half-measures' as they launch a petition for more public toilets to be installed in Dover .
Petitioners Keith Sansum and Sarah Gleave have highlighted that the town has less than half as many public toilets per head of population compared with neighbouring Deal and Walmer.
Their document which has almost 500 signatures is calling on Dover Town Council to work with Dover District Council to make improvements.
They write: "Dover needs to be a healthy 21st century town too.
"We won’t be palmed of with half-measures where cafes, kiosks or shops are paid to allow people to come in and ask to use their toilets, when it is convenient and they are open.
"We residents of, and visitors to, Dover, need more public toilets.
"Levels of walking and cycling have increased dramatically across the UK during the lockdown.
"More of us Dovorians want to walk and cycle too, but if we have to worry about getting caught short while we’re out, it discourages walking and cycling, or it becomes unhygienic."
'We won’t be palmed of with half-measures where cafes, kiosks or shops are paid to allow people to come in'
Currently, the town is home to three sets of public conveniences. These are in Connaught Park and Stembrook.
The public toilets at Maison Dieu gardens are owned by the Dover Town group and managed by Tersons.
Elms Vale Recreation Ground, the West End of Dover Beach, St James Retail Centre, the junction of Coombe Road and London Road and the Western Heights, are just some of the others sites where residents feel loos would be beneficial.
Dover Town Council has been approached for a comment.