Toilet trouble rumbles on
11:01am Friday 18th October 2013 in News
LOCKED public toilets are leading to people urinating in inappropriate places, Newcastle Emlyn town councillors were told last week.
Several complaints have recently been received by local councillors about the closed facilities, problems with disabled access and individuals spotted going to the toilet outside the locked premises and in residents’ gardens.
Councillors at Thursday's town council meeting were told that the mart toilets were to be taken over by a private individual, whose identity is yet to be revealed, and were due to reopen in the next three weeks, using a slot-token system.
Cllr Peter Lewis said: “I have had complaints about people who have been using the outside of the toilets instead of the inside.
“I think this should be passed on to the county council so that they can see it was a bad decision to close them.”
Cllr Alan Jones added: “The police have had complaints about people using a nearby garden as a toilet.”
Councillors heard that the mart toilets were the only public disabled toilets in the town, but visitors to the area had experienced problems using their keys to gain access.
Cllr Hazel Evans added that the county council had transferred 18 toilets to local councils, and five had closed including the one in Newcastle Emlyn.
She added: “We are a tourist town and if we can’t attract people to come here because of the toilets, it’s a sad state of affairs.”
Cllr Cefin Evans added that local businesses were also unhappy about the toilet closure, as members of the public were walking in to pubs and cafes just to use their toilet facilities.
Cllr Alan Jones added: “It’s ridiculous. People are not going to come and shop here if they can’t go to the toilet.”