IT was shocking to read about the increase in the number of rough sleepers in Taunton, and their suffering, but good to have the problem highlighted (‘Rise in rough sleepers’, County Gazette, February 8). 

It is a complex matter; however, one small but important issue which could easily be addressed is access to public toilets in the evening and at night. 

Currently, the public toilets in the town centre are closed between 7pm and 7am. 

Additionally, the most central toilets, at Castle Green, have no notices displayed as to opening hours, but are well lit during the evening, even though they are locked.

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