D-DAY is looming for Ammanford’s public toilets.
The question over whether Ammanford town council will take over the running of the town’s two public conveniences will be thrashed out during a meeting with Carmarthenshire county council officers at the Town Hall on Monday – if town councillors have their way.
Members are insisting on talks to decide whether or not to take over the toilet blocks in Ammanford Park and the Co-op car park, which the local authority are looking to offload in the face of £16m cutbacks over the next three years.
County Hall – who say the transfer of toilets will save the authority £92,000 a year – have pledged to upgrade facilities to an acceptable standard and provide councils with a “one-off” payment of £1,000 towards maintenance.
Ammanford town councillors have until December 14 to make up their minds. Any toilets not taken over by smaller councils face closure at the end of March.
But they are seeking talks ahead of a joint meeting with county chiefs and the Aman Group of Local Councils on December 17, saying they want all the facts at their disposal first.
“To be quite frank, I’m only interested in Ammanford,” deputy mayor Irena Hopkins told colleagues. “Wewant the best for the town and the decision we have to make is massive.”
Cllr Jonathan Jennings agreed. “I want to hear the opinions of the councillors of Ammanford,” he said.
“Details of costings are vague to say the least.”
County councillor Colin Evans expressed concern that the council’s “go it alone”
approach could jeopardise a potential partnership with Cwmaman town council.
But town clerk Miriam Phillips felt there were too many unanswered questions. “The county have to put all the facts and figures on the table.”
Speaking after the meeting, Cllr Evans said: “The cutbacks we’re facing are like a train coming down the tracks – I’ve never known anything like it in my 36 years in local government .
“Of course, I hope the town council decide to take on these facilities.
Ammanford’s the third largest town in Carmarthenshire and the thought of it having no public toilets is, quite frankly, unthinkable.”