Relief as public toilets are saved

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The future for public toilets in several towns and villages across Cornwall has been secured after local town and parish councils agreed to take over running of their facilities.

Public spending cutbacks has meant the Council is not as flush as it once was, and news leaked out that the ‘occupied’ sign could be going up permanently in some locations.

Closure of the facilities would have been more than an inconvenience for many people looking to go about their business, but Cornwall Council reached agreement with local councils in Callington, Deviock, Downderry, Lerryn, Launceston and Seaton to hand over responsibility for the maintenance and cleaning of facilities in their areas.

A relieved councillor John Pollard, portfolio holder for localism, sustainability and devolution, said: “The £170 million cut in Government funding meant that closing some toilets was a real possibility. I am pleased that some towns and parishes have agreed to work with us to introduce local control and management and by doing so protecting the toilets in their areas.”