In a bid to achieve savings of up to £980,000 a year in running costs, Powys Council plans to either hand over or close up to 40 public toilets in the area by October this year.
According to a media report, the decision is part of council plans to save £35m over the next three years. However, the local authority would prefer a solution that would see the public toilets remain open, rather than closing them altogether.
The county has a total of 67 public toilets – some owned and operated by Welsh government, others run by community groups including town and community councils, while 38 are owned by the local authority.
Furthermore, there are 30 private toilets run by businesses in Powys, such as cafes, which are open to the public. They are funded by a Welsh government community toilet grant scheme.
Unfortunately, closing public toilets seems to be a favorite cost-cutting measures for local authorities across the UK, although setting an access charge that would cover operational costs and keeping the toilets open might quite often a much more sensible choice.
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