A local council in Australia will demolish a public toilet block because of too much ‘beat activity’.
The Town of Cambridge in Western Australia, decided to close the toilet block after years of anti-social behaviour. It also decided to remove it because it was a popular cruising spot.
For years the toilets had attracted attention for vandalism and anti-social behaviour. The council attempted to curb the problems by removing shrubbery and spending $60,000 on increased lighting.
A town committee meeting voted to close the toilet block down and build a new toilets in another part of the park near a playground.
Schools in the area had lobbied the council, police chiefs and politicians about how the schools were negatively affected by the the anti-social behaviour and ‘inappropriate sexual activities’.
‘Each school has dealt with much criminal activity within the area which has included numerous break-ins into all three premises, vehicles on Dodd Street, syringes on school premises, inappropriate sexual activities in and around the toilet block as well as children being approached by adults through the gates of the schools,’ a combined letter from the schools read.
WAToday spoke to a resident last year who had allegedly faced some of the beat activity after going for a run.
‘I got three-quarters through (my run) and gave up and headed to the toilets,’ he said.
‘While there I got approached by three men, including one who just grabbed my gonads.’
Well known hookup spot
Squirt.org – a hookup app – described the beat as being ‘busy during the day, just be careful as it is also a family spot.’
Users on the app rated the beat 4 out of 5.
‘Night time is the cruisiest time. Guys cruise the pathway by the lake, in between the trees and wait in the bushes. There is also a lookout close by where guys walk to and sit and wait,’ the app reads.
‘At night, the area is checked by the police in cars with flash lights. Just don’t be doing too much when you see the car lights coming towards the car park.’