A local authority will carry out a review of the local public toilets following months of vandalism and criminal damage, a local news source has been able to reveal.
The Calstock Parish Council will have to make a decision on the future of Gunnislake’s public toilets) after being advised by police to shut them following months of ‘revolting’ vandalism and criminal damage.
The toilets at the bottom of Chapel Street have been subjected to numerous incidents of vandalism, most prominently incidents of someone smearing faeces over the floor and walls on an almost weekly basis for several months.
The parish clerk said the police had reported the incidents as criminal damage but there wasn’t much officers could do unless someone was caught in the act.
The parish council took over the running of the toilets over a year ago from Cornwall Council to save them for the village but with the recent filthy incidents as well as other vandalism, including deliberate blockages and toilet seats being stolen, the council may have to make the difficult decision to shut them for good.
The clerk added: ‘We’re trying to find a way to stop it from happening. We’ve had quite a few emails from residents asking for the toilets not to be closed but we’ve got to weigh that up with looking after the safety of our staff.
‘It’s a shame because we saved this service for the people of Gunnislake and now someone could be taking that away from everyone who needs it.’
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