Concern over suspected drug use in Hatfield public toilets

PUBLISHED: 09:00 13 March 2016 | UPDATED: 09:09 14 March 2016

Cllr Caron Juggins

Cllr Caron Juggins

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Hatfield Town Council resolved to address residents' concerns over suspected drug use in public toilets.

The council argued that the toilets, located between Queensway and Market Place, are not used for their intended purpose.

The public toilets are currently categorised as a special expense on Hatfield council tax payers, costing £21,860 over 2016 and 2017.

Councillor Phil Knott said: “I walked past it the other day and I actually thought there was a herbal farm in there”, while Councillor Lenny Brandon described the toilets as “attracting anti-social behaviour”.

The toilets are automatically locked at 6pm every evening and reopened at 8am or 9am every morning.

Councillor Caron Juggins said: “It’s just a shame that we do not bring that up at the borough council. It’s costing us £400 a year for that eyesore.”

The council resolved to write to Welwyn Hatfield Council arguing that the building is not being used as a public toilet, and to write to the police about the anti-social behaviour.

A spokeswoman for Welwyn Hatfield Council said: “The toilets were installed in response to requests for public conveniences from Hatfield residents and businesses in the town centre.

“If people have concerns about their maintenance, we encourage them to get in touch through our contact centre.

“Our street wardens regularly patrol the area, but if a resident witnesses anyone taking drugs, they should always contact the Police in the first instance.”

Hatfield and Welwyn Garden City safer neighbourhood team inspector Jeffrey Scott said: “Safer Neighbourhood Teams carry out regular patrols of this area to tackle the problem.

“If you witness anyone taking drugs, contact the police immediately on 999.”

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