Cove Road toilets to close

Posted on: 8 November 2016

A toilet block at the Cove in Ilfracombe will close at the end of the month.

Following a review of usage and a public consultation, North Devon Council’s Executive yesterday (Monday 7 November) agreed to close the facility.

The council has been reviewing the usage and cost of council-owned public conveniences across the district. Use of the toilets on Cove Road has been gradually declining and vandalism at the toilet block is an on-going problem. In 2015/16 the toilets cost the council £19,375, which includes £6,000 cleaning costs.

Executive Member responsible for public conveniences, Councillor Rodney Cann, said: “We’ve been reviewing our toilet provision across the district and many of our toilets are well used. However, those at the Cove are not. We received some public representation to keep the toilet block open, but members have to take into account the particularly low use and the close proximity to very well-used council-owned toilets at the Pier. We did consult and take into account the views of Ilfracombe Harbour Board and Ilfracombe Town Council, who were supportive of the council closing the toilets.”

The toilets will close on 30 November. The closest alternative toilets are located at the Pier in Ilfracombe. A full list of council-owned toilets, including opening times, is available at You can also report a problem with any council toilet using the online form at the same web address.

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