Survey reveals lack of loos is Morecambe’s hottest topic

The toilet block near the Arndale Centre.
The toilet block near the Arndale Centre.

Toilets and weeds are two of the biggest concerns of the people of Morecambe.

A survey has revealed the number one issue with residents is the lack of public loos.

The high number of weeds on pavements and roads was also a common theme.

Morecambe Town Council conducted the survey – which revealed the top issues with residents in order of importance were:

1) Improving toilet facilities

2) Festivals and events

3) Independent shops

4) Reducing car parking charges

5) Dog fouling/litter

6) Children’s play areas

7) Facilities for older people

8) Christmas lights

9) Forums

10) Anti-social behaviour

11) Skate park/Multi Use Games Area (MUGA)

12) Empty shops/houses

Weeds was the biggest issue in the ‘additional comments’ section of the survey.

Judges who visited Morecambe as part of the North West in Bloom competition in July also said they were “disappointed” with the amount of weeds on view.

Survey results also showed that 85% of Morecambe people think there should be a visible presence of Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) in the town.

Morecambe Town Council currently helps to fund PCSOs in the resort.

Almost 70% believe there is adequate CCTV coverage in Morecambe.

The town council will meet for talks about the future of CCTV in the town. There are fears the system may be scrapped to cut costs.

The survey leaflet was sent to 11,500 homes in the Morecambe area.

More than 10% of people sent replies, which was described as “a very good response”.

Most of those who replied were aged 50 or over (980 out of 1,305).

The town council also asked residents questions through social media and face-to-face sessions in the town.

A council report says: “It was difficult to obtain responses from younger people. Most would not stop to discuss.”

David Croxall, clerk to Morecambe Town Council, also wrote to all Morecambe hotels as part of the survey. Only one hotel replied.

Morecambe Town Council will meet tonight (Thursday) at Morecambe Town Hall to discuss the findings of the survey. The future of CCTV will also be on the agenda.

The council will use the survey to help put together their strategic vision for the future.

The meeting starts at 7pm and is open to the public.