There are four public toilets in Bude that are maintained by Bude-Stratton Town Council. All of these have disabled toilets attached separately with baby changing facilities included. And all toilets are free to use. N.B. to access the disabled toilets, you will require a Radar key. You can buy these online for a small price, or you can purchase one at the Town Council offices in the Parkhouse Centre.
The locations and opening times this summer 2019 are as follows:
- Tourist Information Centre toilets: open every day 8am – 8pm
- Summerleaze Beach car park toilets: open every day 8am – 8pm
- Crooklets Beach car park toilets: open every day 8am – 8pm
- The Crescent Foyer toilets: open every day 8am – 8pm (N.B. Only the disabled toilets are open currently)
(Accessed from the lane behind the Main post office)
If you would like to report an issue with any of these four public toilets, please call or text 07818 812590. This phone is held by whichever member of staff is on toilet cleaning duty that day. It is not an emergency line and ordinarily it may not be answered but messages can be left and picked up by the operative when they are next available.
More information on the ownership and maintenance of the public toilets in Bude:
Cornwall Council was the first rural authority in the country to be offered a devolution deal, with the then Prime Minister David Cameron travelling to Cornwall to support his Communities Secretary of State, Greg Clark, with the signing of the formal Cornwall Devolution Deal agreement in July 2015. As well as having powers devolved to Cornwall from London, Cornwall Council also began to devolve services and assets to local Councils, groups and organisations within the County.
In October 2015 Bude-Stratton Town Council established a working group under the Chairmanship of Councillor Alan Biggs, the Town’s Deputy Mayor, specifically to oversee discussion and negotiation with Cornwall Council regarding the future of the public toilets in Bude.
The Town Council have always fully appreciated and recognised the value of the public toilet facilities in Bude for both residents and our many visitors alike. The focus of the working group was not only to ensure the provision of this free public amenity but also to ensure it is achieved at a reasonable cost to the Town’s electorate.
On Monday 5th September 2016 Bude-Stratton Town Council took on the management of Bude’s public toilets at Crooklets, Summerleaze and The Crescent under a tenancy-at-will agreement with Cornwall Council. We are now responsible for their daily operation and cleansing.
The current intention is that the public toilets will remain free of charge and moving forward the Town Council will be monitoring usage to establish the best opening hours. The public toilets are currently open from 8.00am to 8.00pm during the Easter to October period, and 8.00am – 6.30pm during winter hours. However the Town Council are open to ad-hoc changes and flexible extended hours particularly when significant events are taking place.