Bromley Council has caused a stink with residents with their plan to get rid of public toilets.

As part of their Community Toilet Scheme, the council is replacing the public loos with facilities in existing businesses.

The council estimates closing Beckenham, Bromley and West Wickham toilets by March 31 will save them £22,000 this financial year, and £67,000 next.

Pam Notcutt, a member of The Beckenham Society, is protesting over Beckenham's public toilets in High Street being disposed of.

Ms Notcutt, from The Knoll, said: "They're great facilities. Beckenham just doesn't have the businesses that are suitable for alternatives.

"There are also periods for which the public toilets are now open but there would be no alternative facility within reasonable distance.

"People would have great difficulty in trying to find a toilet open when in need.

Ms Notcutt, 70, added: "I think people will find it's a lot less convenient because some of the proposed businesses to open toilets aren't on the high street."

The council pays some shops £1,000 per year for the use of their facilities.

Some new sites nominated are Beckenham Civic Halls and Sainsbury's in Beckenham.

Elsewhere, the Penge Forum succeeded in getting the Penge public loos, in Arpley Square, listed as an Asset of Community Value last month.

Koleena Stewart, 35, is the director of Penge community group Freeway Union.

They are seeking to raise £15,000 to make an offer to the council to hopefully manage the toilets as a community project.

Ms Stewart, from Hawthorn Grove, is calling on local people who can pledge their time or money to the cause.

Councillor Colin Smith, executive councillor for environment, said: "I can confirm that these toilets are set to close as part of the Council’s cost saving measures required to balance the books as a result of ongoing reductions to our budget by Central Government.

"Instead, we intend to expand our successful Community Toilets Scheme into Penge, and elsewhere, a scheme which has worked well in other locations across the Borough following its introduction in 2009.

"With more locations open for longer hours in the future, we are cautiously optimistic that local shoppers might even notice a change for the better as the scheme beds in."

A meeting on the subject is due to be held on January 20, with comments being accepted until January 31 for a final decision in February.

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