The owner of a shop located next to a site where public toilets were formerly located is pleading Cornwall Council to consider re-opening them, a news report in the local media has revealed.
The toilets closed in May as Cornwall Council sought to cut its expenditure on public conveniences from £3 million to £1.5 million a year, but a large number of people think the toilets next to his business are still open.
The trader’s problem is that, although quite a few frustrated pedestrians to decide to take the several hundred yards’ walk to the nearest available public toilets, others often relieve themselves against the wall of his premises.
For this reason, the disgruntled shop owner has gotten in touch with the council on numerous occasions, but the situation has remained, unfortunately, unchanged.
Cornwall Council adopted the same strategy as other local authorities around the UK, namely handing over control of the public toilets to local communities.
"At the end of June 2013 more than 100 toilets throughout Cornwall are now being run by local councils and community groups," a spokesman said.
"As part of this process the Council has invested £1.2 million in refurbishing the toilets which have been handed over and has allocated more than £600,000 to help with the running costs. In a similar scheme run in many areas of the country, the council is also looking to set up a Community Toilet Scheme which would see local businesses such as pubs, restaurants and cafés open their facilities to members of the public.”
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