Cornwall Council starts toilet consultation

Cornwall Council has begun a consultation with town and parish councils looking into the future running of its public toilets.

A £100m cut in central government funding in 2010 has forced the council to review its non statutory services.

It allocated an extra £1m to continue funding public toilets until the autumn of this year.

Mullion Parish Council has agreed to pilot a scheme in which it takes on the running of its four toilets.

'Local solutions'

Steve Double, Cornwall Council portfolio holder for waste management, said the council "recognised that the provision of toilets is important to communities in Cornwall and want to do what we can to minimise the impact of this reduced budget".

He added: "A new initiative we are exploring is the community toilet scheme. This scheme will provide members of the public with clean, safe and accessible toilets in convenient locations across the town."

A spokesperson for the council said allocating £1m until the autumn has "brought time to define the budget and look at local solutions, such as contributions from parish and town councils and using facilities owned by businesses".

Mullion Parish Council Chairman John Lang said: "Somebody has to do it, we were surprised to find the council have no statutory obligation to provide public toilets given the number of visitors we have to the area.

"No decisions have yet been taken, and this pilot project is initially to identify what the parish council's preference is and finding a way to fulfil these aspirations within the revised funding element identified for Mullion."

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