Devon

South Hams toilets could be closed over winter

Bigbury loos
Image caption Toilets at Bigbury are under threat of closure

All 48 public toilets in a popular tourist area could be closed over the winter to save money.

South Hams District Council in Devon is assessing how many people use the facilities before making a decision.

Toilets affected by a proposed four-month closure could include those in seaside areas such as Salcombe, Bigbury and Hope Cove.

The council is consulting with parish councils to see if they want to take on the service.

The Conservative-controlled authority said none of the other five district councils in Devon had as many toilets open in the winter and each case would be looked at individually, based on usage and other factors.

The council voted in February to raise council tax by 3.5% to deal with a forecast shortfall of about £479,000 in its £9.6m budget.

Residents are being asked to complete a questionnaire on what aspects of the council's work are most important to them.

The closing date of the Local Priorities Survey is 19 April.

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