Public toilets in Newcastle Emlyn’s mart car park could reopen later this month.

Town councillors have decided to take over of the facilities for an initial three months, aiming to start on the May bank holiday weekend.

The importance of public toilets for businesses and tourism in the town was stressed by councillors at Thursday’s meeting, especially as Cawdor Hall was undergoing work, but some members said provision should continue to be the county council’s responsibility.

Cllr Maureen Webley said: “I’m concerned that this is setting a precedent once we have taken them over.”

Cllr Alan Jones added: “I know this is going against the grain that we are bailing the county council out, but we have had a number of complaints, and we need the toilets for local people and tourists.”

Cllr Hazel Evans stated that the cost of taking over the toilets was estimated to be £432 a month, adding that one could be left open at night.

Councillors agreed to open the toilets for three months, and will have an ongoing review of the situation.