THE public toilets at Lion Yard are set to reopen next week after being closed for urgent repairs.
A section of the toilet’s underground pipework collapsed last month and waste material built up in sections of linked pipes causing the sewer to fail. As soon as this was discovered, the council had no choice but to close the toilets and appoint contractors to undertake the required remedial works.
On full investigation, the council found that more extensive work was needed than first thought and this has resulted in the toilets remaining closed for longer than expected.
Repairs to the collapsed section of waste pipe have now been completed and the waste material has been removed from the linked pipes. All of the associated pipework has been relined to reduce the risk of future blockages.
Remaining work on the pipes is set to complete this week after which the toilets will be deep cleaned. The council expects to be able to reopen the toilets next week.
A council spokesperson said: “We are sorry for the inconvenience caused by the closure of Lion Yard toilets due to a collapsed waste pipe.
“We have been working hard to complete the extensive pipe repair and relining work as soon as feasibly possible; and are on schedule to reopen the toilets week beginning 9 December. In the meantime, we are continuing to signpost visitors to the nearest alternative public toilet facility, which is situated in the Grand Arcade.”