Plans to close 28 public toilets across Pembrokeshire revealed
9:43am Friday 1st March 2013 in Milford Mercury news
Pembrokeshire County Council is considering reducing the number of public toilets it operates.
Members of the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee will discuss a proposal to review the future of 28 public toilets next week.
At present the council maintains 93 public toilets across the county at an annual cost of £1.5m a year.
The council said this equates to 7.9 toilet blocks per 10,000 head of population - the highest ratio in Wales - and compares to 4.7 per 10,000 head of population in the similar area of Cornwall.
Following an initial review, a report to next Thursday’s committee meeting proposes consulting further about the future of 28 blocks with a view to possible closure.
The provision of public toilets by local authorities is not a statutory function and closure of 28 facilities would save the council about £135,000 a year.
“The council recognises that public toilets play a role in supporting the contribution that tourism makes to the local economy, particularly for those for whom ready access to a toilet is a consideration on grounds of age, health (including pregnancy) or disability,” says the report.
“The 28 facilities in question have been identified for removal from Council management on the basis of manageable impact in respect of tourism and with limited welfare effects on residents and visitors.”
If the Environment Overview & Scrutiny Committee agrees with the proposal, it will go out to consultation and a public toilet strategy developed for the remaining 65 facilities.
The 28 toilets under review are: Croesgoch, Crymych, Dinas Cross (Main Road), Fishguard Square, Gwaun Valley Sychpant, Letterston, Maenclochog, Mathry, Nevern, Solva Upper Lay-by, St David’s Quickwell Hill, Trefin, Burton, Clynderwen, Lawrenny, Llangwm Black Tar, Llanstadwell Hazelbeach, Milford Haven Manchester Square, Milford Haven The Rath, Newgale adj to The Pebbles Café, Newgale adj to Duke of Edinburgh public house, Neyland Marina Brunel Quay, Pembroke Black Horse, Pembroke Parade, Pembroke Dock Front Street, Pembroke Dock Hobbs Point, St Florence, St Ishmaels.