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Toilets could reopen near Camborne following Cornwall Council closures

By WBJLock  |  Posted: December 18, 2013

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NEGOTIATIONS are under way to reopen public toilets near Camborne along with a £15,000 overhaul.

Crowan Parish Council has been investigating how best to reopen toilets in Praze-an-Beeble after they were closed in May.

The chairman of the parish council has said negotiations with Cornwall Council are now in the advanced stages.

Councillor Sandra Muriel said the parish council would lease the building from Cornwall Council on a peppercorn rent.

She said the parish council had been seeking a way forward to run the toilets and believed this has now been done.

She said: “Cornwall Council will provide the 24-hour call-outs if the toilets need any work done to them.

“The parish council will be responsible for cleaning. It has taken a long time to come around because we had to find an option that all councillors could agree on.

“On top of this, Cornwall Council would fund a £15,000 refurbishment of the toilet block, making a much-improved facility for all.

“It is hoped they will be up and running as early as Easter.”

Ms Muriel said that Crowan Parish Council was negotiating to hold the lease for 99 years. But it would have a trial period of two to three years after which it would decide whether it wanted to continue to run the toilets.

Former parish councillor Hector Fleming has campaigned for the toilets to be reopened. He said: “This is a very positive step forward for the parish – common sense has won through.”

Ms Muriel said the toilets were under contract and the parish council was just waiting for the final sign-off from Cornwall Council, which is expected to come in the new year.

A working group from the parish council has been set up to take negotiations forward on behalf of them.

Cornwall Council closed toilets across the county to cut costs. as part of a cost saving exercise. Parish councils were given the opportunity to run and manage them at their own expense.

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