Longforth Road toilets are now public in every sense. Wellington town council is buying the building from Taunton Deane for £1 and is now responsible for the running costs – expected to be about £10,000 a year, before any repairs or renovations.
Councillors were cautious but determined about keeping the toilets open – TDBC last month posted notices saying they would close on April 1.
“We’ve got to keep the toilets open to the public at all costs,” said Cllr Gloria Copley.
“I’m in favour of buying the freehold. If the costs become too great we may have to close them in the future but at least we’ll have given it a go,” said Cllr John Thorne.
“I’m concerned about the long term viability of these toilets but buying them will at least give us a breathing space. We may be able to explore the kind of Community Toilets schemes being used in other parts of the UK,” said Cllr Viv Stock-Williams.
Whilst not opposing the purchase, Cllr Andy Govier expressed caution over the long term costs of the building. “The five-year condition survey is looking for a substantial amount of money. They could be a millstone around this council’s neck,” he said.
The town council voted unanimously to go ahead with the purchase.
Cornwall’s public toilet policy can be found here http://bit.ly/1UXQHik