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Plans for anti-sex toilets in Welsh seaside town submitted 'in error'

A council in Wales has said plans for public toilets in a seaside town - with design features to deter vandalism, sexual activity and rough sleeping - were submitted in "error".

Plans for the toilets in Porthcawl's Griffin Park included weight-sensitive floors and alarm features.

A design and access statement submitted to Bridgend County Borough Council included water jets, set cubical use time to deter rough sleeping, and graffiti-resistant walls and floors.

Weight-sensitive floors would ensure only one user could be in a cubicle at a time, to safeguard against "inappropriate sexual activity and vandalism".

But Porthcawl Town Council has since said the plans were "misinterpreted" and the toilets will be of "traditional construction".

In a statement, the authority said: "We are aware that a number of security features have been listed in the design and access statement as part of the planning application. Unfortunately, the town council's enthusiasm and intentions have been misinterpreted.

"The town council are committed to providing new toilets that will be good quality and of traditional construction. The various features listed in the design statement will not be included in the construction.

"The town council has never had any intention of installing any floor or other movement sensors, any restricted time entry, there will not be water sprays, or self-opening doors, no weight-sensitive floor and no dousing equipment as described in the statement.

"Appropriate amendments will be made to the design and access statement as necessary."

The existing facilities are due to close in October while demolition and construction of the new building takes place. The council says the new facilities will be completed by spring 2020.

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