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Talks renew hope of saving town toilets

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: December 06, 2013

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Councillors in a Cornish market town are hoping fresh negotiations with the local authority can save its public conveniences from closing.

Lostwithiel Town Council had previously failed to agree terms to take over ownership of the conveniences in Church Lane, prompting Cornwall Council to announce they would close at the end of this month.

But County Hall said it was happy to resume talks with the town council to see if there was a way forward.

The town council has now formed a working party to re-negotiate the terms on which it could feasibly take over the conveniences.

Chris Jewels, a councillor for Lostwithiel, said this week that as a resident, he hoped Cornwall Council and Lostwithiel Town Council could come to an amicable solution.

He said: "I would like to see the toilets remain open, but not at any price.

"Lostwithiel is in a similar position to other councils in that Cornwall Council seems to have moved the goalposts. The working party is negotiating to see if there is room to manoeuvre and the toilets can be retained.''

The town council has estimated it may cost up to £100,000 to bring the toilets back up to standard. Cornwall Council had previously offered to refurbish the facilities, but said this offer was dependent on Lostwithiel Town Council taking them over.

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  • avoter2  |  December 05 2013, 10:15PM

    I for one do not see the need for these disgustingly dirty toilets should remain open, when it would seem we have public toilets in the Community Centre. These you currently have to pay when used, but they are clean, well kept and maintained. Why throw good money after bad to refurbish the decrepit ones? Close them down and have public toilets being used in Community Centre...which are just around the corner from the 'pigsty' as ones here are being called. I have witnessed many people coming out of the pigsty saying they wouldn't use them due to being filthy, no paper and generally in the state of not being fit for use. Makes sense to me and also gives the Community Centre some much needed pennies into their funds. Too much time has been spent on this now..one Council blaming the other! £10,000 of our hard earned money has been in possession of Town Council for over two years now, spend the money or give it back to residents who paid for these toilets in our Council Tax precepts which was increased by over 100% with the reason, its to keep the public toilets open. You can't have it both ways Town Council. If you can't resolve this issue without dragging it along for two years....resign!!!!! You are really a disgrace to this town, shame on you...but I forget, most Town Councillors have no remorse for their narrow-minded and blinkered ways!!

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