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Storms blamed for toilet woe

The tide batters the seafront at Cleveleys last week. Below: Alan Campbell.

The tide batters the seafront at Cleveleys last week. Below: Alan Campbell.

Town hall bosses have blamed severe weather for damaging town centre toilets – after a disabled man claims he was forced to drive around Cleveleys to search for a working facility.

Alan Campbell, 67, was going to walk his dog on the town’s Promenade when he tried to use Wyre Council’s disabled toilet next to the Cove cafe off the sea front, only to discover it was out of order.

Mr Campbell, who is on holiday at Cala Gran Caravan Park and originally from Blackburn, was hoping to use the toilet before he drove back to Fleetwood.

However, he drove to Rough Lea Road, intending to use the council’s disabled toilets behind Tesco with his Radar key, but found those out of order too. He also said he could not get into the bus station toilets with his key.

Eventually, the pensioner, who is weak down the right side of his body after suffering a stroke, says he had to use the toilet in Steve’s Fish and Chips next to the bus station.

He said: “It was very inconvenient. We kept driving from one to the other and there’s no point having a key if they are all closed.

“If someone had to go in the first toilet and had a wheelchair they would be struggling. It’s not a good advert for Cleveleys.

“I have a little Yorkshire Terrier which I walk along the Prom but I wasn’t able to do it because I was driving around trying to find a toilet.”

Wyre Council says the bus station toilets were not closed and Mr Campbell should have been able to access them with his Radar key.

But the café and Rough Lea Road had to be closed for maintenance as the door hinges were damaged during the recent severe winds which have battered the Fylde coast.

A spokeswoman for Wyre Council said: “Unfortunately the severe weather forced two of our disabled toilets out of order at the same time, but as always these were fixed as quickly as possible. If people do discover a problem, they should contact the council during office hours or Danfo, who operate the public toilets on the council’s behalf, 24 hours a day.”

Cleveleys was among the areas to be battered by high winds and waves as bad weather hit the coast last week and at the weekend.

The Met Office says better weather is expected this week however. Today will see sunny intervals with winds up to 18mph. And tomorrow will see rain with winds up to 16mph.

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