Longforth Road public toilets are to stay open for at least six months, after the town council voted to effectively reverse a fait accompli decision from Taunton Deane who had decided to close the loos. The reversal will cost WTC £11,000 in cleaning and maintenance overheads.
In a feisty debate worthy of the TV series Clochemerle, where residents of a small French town clashed over the siting of public toilets, councillors were disgruntled over two issues.
Firstly that TDBC had found an unexpected £20,000 to keep Milverton and Wiveliscombe’s public toilets open but not considered a reprieve for Longforth Rd.
Secondly, that Wellington residents had not been given a say over whether to close Longforth Rd or the loos in North St car park, if one or the other had to be shut for financial reasons.
Cllr Dave Mitton was keen to stress that the Longforth Rd facility was essential to the success of events such as the carnival and Food Festival, plus being important to people using the coach stop.
Councillors agreed to use the six months breathing space to research whether a cheaper maintenance and cleaning option could be found. WTC has not taken over the building itself.