Public Conveniences

Public Conveniences in Cowes

The public conveniences across the Island were originally run by the Isle of Wight Council. In recent years, in order to save money, the Isle of Wight Council approached Town and Parish Councils to request that they take on the cleaning of the facilities in their areas.  In 2016 Cowes Town Council agreed to take over the cleaning of the 5 public conveniences in the town, along with those in Northwood Park.  The Isle of Wight Council then made further requests for Town and Parish Councils to take over the ownership of the public convenience buildings.  Transfer of the freehold of the public conveniences at The Parade, The Cut and Mornington Road transferred to the Town Council in 2017.  The Town Council leases the public conveniences from the Isle of Wight Council at Northwood Recreation Ground, and leases the ground floor of the building from Southern Water at Medina Road.  Taking on responsibility for the public conveniences in Cowes was the only option available to the Town Council to stop the facilities being closed.

The Cut:

Opening times: 24/7

Medina Road:

Opening times: 24/7

 

Mornington Road:

Opening times: 24/7

The Parade:

Opening times: 24/7

Northwood Rec

Opening times: Toilets are locked overnight. 9pm in the summer (1/4 – 30/9) and 6pm in the winter (1/10 – 31/3).

Northwood Park

The Town Council pays for the cleaning at the public conveniences in the grounds of Northwood Park. These are locked at night over the summer, and closed all winter (1 October – 31 March).

Location map

The toilets were not in a good state of repair and a sub committee was established to compile a programme of improvements. A number of small repairs were carried out to get the toilets into working order while longer-term improvements could be planned and budgeted for.

Unfortunately the toilets receive ongoing acts of vandalism, requiring additional frequent repairs, including repairing broken windows and doors, fire damage and broken toilet roll holders. This adds to the pressure on budget and staffing resources.  The Town Council increased its staffing resources and budget to enable repairs and improvement works to be programmed.

In 2018 our main priorities are to:

  • Replace the roof at The Parade public conveniences; and
  • Replace the doors at The Cut public conveniences.

The Parade

The Town Council commissioned a building survey on The Parade public conveniences to ascertain the condition of the building. The survey found the roof to be in a very poor condition.  We are now seeking quotations for an invasive survey, followed by the drawing up of a specification for the repairs identified, and management of the project.

The Cut

The original wooden doors at The Cut were the victim of repeat acts of vandalism and had reached the end of their viable lives. All six cubicle doors were replaced with steel doors in April 2018, which has significantly improved the facility.  We also arranged for the polymer resin pans and handwashing stations to be abrasively cleaned to remove staining and fire damage.

Smaller improvements are ongoing alongside these projects, including the following at our Accessible toilets:

  • Back-rests have been fitted to all Accessible toilets;
  • Disabled signage has been fitted;
  • Single-sheet feeders have been fitted;
  • A new outward-opening door has been fitted at The Parade, with further new outward-opening doors to be fitted at the public conveniences at Mornington Road and Medina Road.

Other improvements under discussion

Our hand washing stations are also coming to the end of their viable lives and a programme of replacements is being planned, along with redecoration of the toilet blocks.

Current Status

The Cut:

The Call Button in the Accessible toilet is not working. We are in discussions with an electrician to source replacement parts.

Medina Road:

No reported issues.

Mornington Road:

No reported issues.

The Parade:

No reported issues.

Northwood Rec

No reported issues.