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Toilet talks as decision time creeps closer

By West Briton  |  Posted: November 29, 2012

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AN EMERGENCY meeting to discuss the future of public toilets in Camborne takes place tonight.

The town council has been told to take over the running of the toilets at the Rosewarne car park, Gurney's Lane and Camborne Recreation Ground or they face closure.

Following a meeting between the authority and Cornwall Council last week, members are expected to decide tonight on the most suitable management plan for the facilities.

Town clerk Amanda Mugford said: "We asked Cornwall Council to provide options on a leasehold, freehold and short-term management basis.

"We also said that we wanted all negotiations to be placed within the wider context of devolution of services.

"We cannot take a piecemeal approach because we need to be able to plan our budget and resources accordingly."

Camborne Town Council wants to keep all three toilet blocks open, saying closure would affect the most vulnerable in the town.

However, with most of them in poor condition it is hoped the toilets will be refurbished by Cornwall Council before they are handed over.

"The recreation ground toilets are in the best condition out of all of the facilities while Gurney's Lane services are in the poorest state," said Ms Mugford.

"If the town council were to enter into any agreement we would be responsible for maintenance, so that's why we have asked for a structural survey.

"Put all this together, and this is why the chairman of the amenities committee didn't want to wait until the next scheduled meeting and called an emergency meeting to deal with this important matter."

A final decision on the toilets is not expected until January.

In the face of government funding cuts Cornwall Council is divesting itself of many non-statutory responsibilities such as public toilets and asking parishes and towns to take them on.

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