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Camborne town council forced to close town centre toilets

By WBKatri  |  Posted: February 15, 2013

Camborne Town Council forced to close town centre public toilets

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THE TOWN centre public toilets in Camborne are likely to close by April this year.
Camborne Town Council last night agreed to take over the running of Rosewarne car park and Camborne Recreation Ground public conveniences from Cornwall Council.
But the authority said it could not afford to keep Gurney's Lane toilets open and they are now expected to shut down on April 1.
At its full meeting last night, Camborne town councillors expressed their regret over the matter.
Councillor David Everett said: "I am disappointed that Cornwall Council has taken this decision. It feels like the gun has been held to our heads.

"They have given us less than half of the present funding for the three toilets and we can't keep all of them open unless we find a pot of gold from somewhere.

"I know we are living difficult economic times but how do they expect us to keep all the three toilets open with the allocated funding?

"I am very sorry but I am very disappointed with what Cornwall Council has offered."

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Town clerk Amanda Mugford said the decision, recommended by the authority's amenities committee, was made on financial grounds.

She explained: "It was about the short-term service and long term maintenance costs.

"Given the amount of money we have in our budget, if we were to take over all the three toilets it would take nearly all the money we have in the devolved services budget and if anything else came from Cornwall Council we may not be able to take them on.

"A recent letter from Cornwall Council's cabinet member for transportation, highways and environment, Bert Biscoe, clearly stated that toilets that are not devolved will be at risk of closure.

"It is not our decision to close them (Gurney's) or any of them but we have done what we can to make sure there are still public conveniences in the town."

The estimated minimum yearly maintenance cost for Rosewarne car park is £11,000, £7,500 for Camborne Recreation Ground toilets and £20,000 for Gurney's Lane toilets.

A spokesman for Cornwall Council said a decision will be made at the end of February on the future of those toilets which have not been (or will not be) taken on by town and parish councils.

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  • deankort  |  February 19 2013, 8:54PM

    Why not get rid of the traffic wardens, who provide no worthwhile service to the town, and use the money saved to give Camborne some really decent public toilets?

  • Cknocker  |  February 18 2013, 7:34AM

    While I agree the figures are excessive, I expect you will find the largest expenditures are: - Water Bills Disposal of sharps from Gurneys Lane Vandal damage repairs Legionella checks on Hot Water Systems. On the whole I agree with what has been said, if Camborne TC were to employ an additional person they could afford to keep the toilets open as well as manage other improvements in the town.

  • jimjams2011  |  February 17 2013, 6:02PM

    Why is the price 'estimated'? If the Council is to shut down facilities then I expect exact figures. If these figures are accurate £38,500 a year to clean three toilets is EXTORTIONATE!! Imagine a cleaner on 40 hour week getting paid that! Those would be the most spotless toilets! Even if you halved that amount for a 40hr week the people of camborne would be queuing up for that salary and would even provide their own mops and buckets!! This is therefore an example of the wastage of money of cornwall council. This is why it is outrageous that the police commissioner feels that he will just raise taxes to get more money for the police when money like this is being WASTED!!!!! They should stick within their budgets. And to the Councillor who said he is happy to defend the increase on doorsteps... DEFEND THESE FIGURES!!!!!!!

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  • Adexpam  |  February 17 2013, 5:22PM

    Who thinks up these prices/figures.... To maintain toilets.... unbelievable...!!!!!!!