Gorslas community council 'happy to take over public toilets'
9:00am Saturday 26th January 2013 in News
RESIDENTS of a Gwendraeth Valley village concerned about where they might spend a penny in future have at last had their fears eased.
Gorslas community council has confirmed that it will take on responsibility for the maintenance of the village’s public toilet.
However, councillors have said that the county council-run facility must be upgraded before any formal hand-over takes place.
Gorlas clerk Elfryn Williams told councillors at their latest meeting that he had informed Carmarthenshire County Council that “we are happy to take the toilets over”.
The move comes after the on-going tug-o-war between community councils such as Gorslas and the local authority over the future of the public conveniences in Carmarthenshire.
The county council has stated that unless village conveniences are “adopted” they would close permanently in March as part of continuing costcutting measures.
However, Gorslas’ acceptance will come at a price for the local authority as the village facilities have faced constant criticism amid claims of poor design and construction.
“I have said that we will be looking at reconstruction of the toilets and would be informing them of the cost,” said Mr Williams.
“Now the new year is here we will be getting costings in to right the inside of the toilets.
“Hopefully, by the time we take them over in the next financial year, that will all be done.”