LIDO neighbours are worried at what they say are incidents of indecent exposure and sexual activity in the men’s toilets.
One, who wished us to protect her identity, contacted the Gazette last week about the state of the toilets next to the woodland centre and The Water’s Edge pub, in Reservoir Road.
She said she and her neighbours had spoken to the Safer Neighbourhoods team (SNT) regarding evidence of sexual activity taking place in an area regularly visited by families with young children.
The caller said a man was arrested and cautioned this month for indecent exposure in his car parked near the lido and there was graffiti in the toilets indicating people were making assignations there.
Both she and others had witnessed indecent exposure, she said.
After the Gazette contacted Hillingdon Council on Tuesday last week, the toilets were locked and a sign was put up on the door informing members of the public to use other facilities at the lido.
Hillingdon Council confirmed council officers were working with the SNT ‘to combat this unacceptable behavious’.
The main concern of residents’ groups is a lack of staffing. Vicky Brownlee, of the Friends of Ruislip Lido, is angry that staff who used to work at the popular beauty spot were moved by the council to a team that operates from another part of the borough.
She says previously they were a deterrent to antisocial behaviour. “We have gone from having three permanent staff at Ruislip Lido and now we have none,” she said. “The condition of the area over the last year has deteriorated.
“We used to have dedicated staff who cared about the area and we have lost them and that is the shame because the lido has suffered. What the staff used to do is nip these sorts of anti-social behaviour issues in the bud.”
Ms Brownlee said she had not witnessed any of the alleged incidents.
The news comes as plans to build new toilet facilities next to Willow Lawn at the Ruislip Lido Railway stop are being proposed by the council.
But the new toilets will be in a more secluded location than the current ones.
Ms Brownlee said: “If this sort of activity is going on, it may become more of a problem in a less obvious area.”
Jean Palmer, the council’s director of community services, said: “The toilets by the lido entrance have been closed while we make the necessary repairs and our council officers are working closely with the Safer Neighbourhoods team, who regularly patrol the area, to try and combat this unacceptable behaviour. The beachside toilets at the lido are open as normal.”
Police say they have no record of any offences of indecent exposure.
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