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Unacceptable for tourist town not to have public toilets

By Cornish Guardian  |  Posted: November 27, 2013

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THE PROS and cons of town and parish councils taking over public toilets are still being discussed this week.

In St Merryn, a village meeting has been called to see if residents will put up with a 20 per cent increase in the precept they pay to the parish council, needed if councillors are to take control of the facilities there.

In Lostwithiel, residents have faced two years of steep precept increases on the presumption that a great deal of that money would be required to maintain the toilets once Cornwall Council handed them over to the local council.

But Lostwithiel Town Council is now unhappy with the deal, and the conveniences are due to close at the end of December.

Now the future of Fowey's public loos is in doubt with the town council there unwilling to take them over unless Cornwall Council provides more information on the costs involved.

The town council has estimated that, if its takes over Fowey's conveniences, it will have to pass the cost on to residents by at least doubling the precept which, quite rightly, the council says will be an unacceptable burden.

What is also unacceptable is for a place like Fowey to be without any public toilets. Businesses there rely on tourism and when visitors arrive to find that a basic amenity like a public toilet is no longer available, many will not return.

CONGRATULATIONS need to go to campaigners in Bodmin who have persuaded JD Wetherspoon to abandon its crass action to prohibit people in wheelchairs from using its pub by denying them access via a ramp.

The Cornish Guardian highlighted the problem disabled people were facing last week, and soon 500 people in Bodmin had signed a petition in support of the campaign to reinstate the ramp.

This week, JD Wetherspoon responded with a plan to allow people in powered wheelchairs to continue using the ramp, albeit once they have been risk assessed.

Anyone who knows the pub, which was converted from an old Methodist church, will realise the steep steps leading to the building make it impossible for disabled people to enter by any other means.

JD Wetherspoon has now promised to look at the long-term solution of providing a lift for wheelchair users. It can't come soon enough.

THERE are many grooming products on the market for pet owners to pamper their dogs and, sometimes, their cats. But grooming a chicken with Fairy Liquid is altogether different.

But it has done the trick for a man from Newquay, after his bird, known simply as Hen, flew off with the Show Champion Cup at the National Poultry Show.

Clive Stephens said a quick shampoo in washing up liquid was fine for dark chickens, but he preferred Dove Body Wash for his white birds.

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  • avoter2  |  November 27 2013, 10:16AM

    According to previous Town Hall Clerk, Linda Austin (letters of last week) of Lostwithiel there was already a fund of £10,000 to keep our toilets open, before the last two years increase in Town Council precept........one can only ask as to where this money is now going? With a population of just under 5,000 that equates to £2,000 per person..what are the chances of this money being returned to the people who paid it? Cornwall Council say that there is no money for these facilities to remain open and are indeed raising Council Tax by 1.9% due to lack of funds...and yet they are going to spend £50,000 to teach Cornish people how to speak Cornish. The mind boggles!!

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  • avoter2  |  November 27 2013, 10:15AM

    According to previous Town Hall Clerk, Linda Austin (letters of last week) of Lostwithiel there was already a fund of £10,000 to keep our toilets open, before the last two years increase in Town Council precept........one can only ask as to where this money is now going? With a population of just under 5,000 that equates to £2,000 per person..what are the chances of this money being returned to the people who paid it? Cornwall Council say that there is no money for these facilities to remain open and are indeed raising Council Tax by 1.9% due to lack of funds...and yet they are going to spend £50,000 to teach Cornish people how to speak Cornish. The mind boggles!!

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