Work on providing new and improved public loos in Exford has been completed and will provide the village and its many visitors top-notch conveniences.

The new public toilets were officially opened on Tuesday 9 August  by parish council chairman Mike Ellicott and colleagues with West Somerset councillors Martin Dewdney and Karen Mills present.

The scheme is the result of close partnership working between West Somerset Council, Exford Parish Council and Exmoor National Park Authority.

Now complete, the toilets will be taken over and run by the parish which will become one of the first in the district to take over such a key facility.

The new conveniences are fully accessible to those with disabilities, have baby changing facilities and lighting is powered by solar panels.

The former loos, leased by the district council from the National Park, were not in good condition and not easily accessible as they were located behind a garage.

The new toilets are in an ideal spot, close to the public car park and not far from the picnic area – so convenient for visitors.  The building was designed by David Hancock of Porlock, constructed by Porlock builders Chris Horne, with the solar panels installed by Solar PV of Umberleigh.

The land is owned by the National Park, which supports the new facility, while a survey of parishioners found that local people were also in favour of the relocation.

The parish will take on responsibility for the toilets with the full blessing of the other partners involved.

Cllr Martin Dewdney, West Somerset Council’s Lead member for Environment, said: “This has been a really successful project with all involved working together for the benefit of the community. Exford is a prime example of what can be achieved locally.

“West Somerset Council is continuing to work with other parishes and towns that want to take over responsibility for public toilets and we are making good progress.”

PHOTO courtesy ENPA