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Residents given say on toilets' closure

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: September 14, 2012

  • LONG WAIT: Queues outside the Trebarwith toilet in early September at around 4.45pm indicating a big demand for the public facility.

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RESIDENTS of one of North Cornwall's most popular tourist villages are being asked to choose which public toilets to sacrifice, while parish councillors at another may refuse to take over a facility where the county authority rakes in a car park income of over £200,000 a year.

Cornwall Council announced last November they would withdraw funding for a number of public conveniences in an attempt to save £1.1 million a year.

After much outcry, Cornwall Council decided to carry on running the toilets for a further 12 months. Decision day is now drawing near.

Tintagel Parish Council has sent out a questionnaire asking residents which toilets they think are most necessary.

Cornwall Council proposed closing the toilets at Bossiney and the Tintagel Visitor Centre and offered a grant to the parish council to take over responsibility at Trevena Square and Trebarwith Strand.

The grant offered will cover less than half of the overall costs to keep the four toilets open.

Already there is an outcry at Trebarwith Strand, where the beach is used by thousands of surfers and families all year round.

Bob Flower, vice-chairman of Tintagel Parish Council, visited the resort on Monday to meet worried traders and beach users.

"Cornwall Council has offered us £19,000 to clean two of the toilets, Trevena Square and here at Trebarwith Strand. It is not enough," said Mr Flower.

"What are they expecting people to do – bring a bush with them so that they can hide behind it when they need the toilet?"

At Boscastle the chairman of the parish council, Dave Ferrett, was incensed that Cornwall Council was asking the parish to pay towards the toilets when it was getting an income of over £200,000 from the car park.

"What an advert for Cornwall. We get our income from visitors, yet the council won't pay for toilets," said Mr Ferrett.

Boscastle Parish Council has been asked to pay almost £5,000 towards the £20,000 to maintain the toilets.

Parish councillors were due to meet last night to decide what they would do. Mr Ferrett said: "Personally, I don't think we should take it on. Cornwall Council get all the income from the car park so they should maintain the toilets."

St Teath Parish Council is still in negotiations with Cornwall Council over the toilets at Delabole, which cost £12,000 a year, while Launceston Town Council are in final negotiations.

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