At the start of the Easter holidays a £24K refurbishisment took place of the public toilets at the Barmote Croft car park, Wirksworth.
This much-needed scheme of renovation was carried out by Derbyshire Dales District Council.
This was following their review of public conveniences across the district and pressure from residents and ourselves as local councillors in the expectation of cuts and closures.
It was then with despair and sadness that we learned of mindless vandalism, occuring within five days of their reopening, by local youths whose actions will again threaten the existence of these much-needed town facilities.
As has occurred in the past, an individual or minority action threatens both the good name of the majority and a facility that is present for the benefit of us all.
The repair works are a relatively minor sum but add to the financial burden that Derbyshire Dales District Council consequently carries and importantly cumulatively puts Wirksworth in a bad light in terms of anti-social behaviour.
It should be additionally noted that this comes at a time when our Safer Neighbourhood Community Police team is suffering cuts.
As a consequence, it has been agreed that these toilets will close at 5.30pm each evening to try to prevent overnight damage, but we would urge all civic-minded residents of Wirksworth to report immediately any acts of vandalism to the police.
As with so many concerns the majority has to make its voice known and say to those who would spoil our town we will not tolerate this.
Cllrs Peter Slack, Mike and Irene Ratclife
Derbyshire Dales District Council ward members for Bolehill, Middleton and Wirksworth