Unisex toilets fitted in children's play park slammed by angry parents

The play park in King George's Playing Fields, Brentwood, Essex was officially opened back in March

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arents have been left angered after gender-neutral toilets were installed at a new children’s play area.

The area in King George's Playing Fields in Brentwood, Essex was officially opened back in March.

But despite the excitement surrounding the new facilities, locals were left fuming by the council’s decision to fit the unisex toilets.

A mother said: "Anyone can use these toilets really because they are public conveniences, but people have gone mad about it.

A file image of Unisex toilets
A file image of Unisex toilets
King George's Playing Fields in Brentwood, Essex
King George's Playing Fields in Brentwood, Essex

“One father told me it ran the risk of being a perverts' paradise because they were gender neutral.

“I am not sure exactly why they have to be unisex - why couldn't they have done half of them for men and half of them for women, with maybe two gender-neutral?

“How many gender-neutral children does the council think are going to be using the soft play ball pit,” she told MailOnline.

While another took their frustration online, saying: “I don't like the idea of mixed toilets.

“Lots of kids go to the parks there with their friends, no parents with them, where's the safety in that?

“Too many perverts hanging around parks and toilets.”

But despite the uproar, Brentwood Borough Council backed the facilities, saying it was “easier for parents to accompany their children of the oppositive sex to the bathroom.”

A council spokesperson told MailOnline: 'The new toilet facilities in the Pavilion at King George's Playing Fields are self-contained individual toilet cubicles.

“This makes it easier for parents to accompany their children of the opposite sex to the bathroom and also reduces waiting times as you only need to wait until a cubicle is free.”