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Looe council tax rise will help keep toilets flush

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: January 23, 2014

Looe council tax rise will help keep toilets flush
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RESIDENTS in Looe will have to pay an average of £18 a year more to keep the town's public toilets open.

Looe Town Council confirmed that its precept – the amount it charges residents for its services – is set to rise by 14 per cent, or £37,000, to pay for the additional expense of the toilets.

The town authority has taken over the running of the five Cornwall Council-owned public toilets in Hannafore, West Looe on Quay Road, Millpool Car Park, the Guildhall and at the seafront.

A meeting is set for March to discuss the future of the facilities, including the number needed, costs of refurbishment and continued running costs.

Cornwall councillor for East Looe Armand Toms said: "The town council has to work with the budget it has but that's going to affect the taxpayers.

"The toilets will have a huge impact on our budget.

"It has caused concern among both businesses and councillors in Looe, as the town's main income is derived from tourism, and the integral part of that is a good, clean and adequate provision of public conveniences.

"The next financial year will probably be the last year the town council gets any funding to support the provision in the town from Cornwall Council.

"There lies the problem to continue as is it will take between 30 and 50 per cent of the total precept to maintain the toilets; there are even more tough decisions to be made as to finding the resources to refurbish them on the provision we have.

"Although some money is available from Cornwall Council this will not meet the full costs, so Looe Town Council needs to be careful not to stretch its finances.

"My view is that the town should develop a plan for the number of conveniences it has and that may mean reducing the number to reduce costs and maintenance but at a far higher quality."

The town council has moved to take over the public conveniences after Cornwall Council cut funding from its budget for the maintenance and upkeep.

The proposed council tax rise for the town council's slice of the council tax bill will equate to £1.50 a month for a Band D property owner.

The full council meeting will be held on March 3 at 7pm, at The Guildhall, Fore Street.

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  • fancyabrew  |  January 23 2014, 10:30AM

    We had the same nonsense in Polperro 2 years ago. Council tax freeze but what's this the parish council put up their precept by over 50%! The reason public toilets, the fact we have TWO sets of toilets within 300yds of one another seems to pass the council by

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  • Chance2Dance Mobile Discos  |  January 23 2014, 8:29AM

    Five toilet blocks? That's about three more than Plymouth.

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