A TOWN council has offered to take over the running of its public toilets after they were threatened with closure.
Llanfyllin Town Council has tentatively pledged to take on responsibility for the facility but only on the condition Powys County Council brings the toilets up to good working order before the handover.
The block has been plagued by pipe problems which the town council believes would be too pricey to fix themselves.
Councillor Peter Lewis said: “Making good on the building and the drains is the major priority.
“It’s a liability at the moment but we’ve got to try our best to keep them.”
Cllr John Brautigam added: “We could quite easily run the facility for about a year or 18 months with our reserves and then we could run it on an ongoing basis after that.
“But we can’t do that yet because of the drains and Powys are dragging their heels on that.
“We simply can’t take on the building in its current state.”
Last month, the county council announced it wanted town and community councils to take over the running of 38 toilet blocks, including Llanfyllin’s, after revealing each one costs an average of £25,860 a year to keep open.
The town council initially feared it would not be able to cover this cost but after clerk Angela Vause, who called Llanfyllin’s toilets “not fit for purpose”, spoke to members of Llansilin Community Council about their takeover of the village’s public toilets, they reconsidered their stance.
She said: “They’ve managed to put sensors on the lights so they’re only on when someone’s in there, they’ve renegotiated new water rates and they’ve got in a cleaner who they pay £6 per hour, three days a week.
“It’s costing them about £1,000 per year.”
However, she also said the county council had advised her it could cost about £10,000 per year for the Llanfyllin facility, which is much bigger, not including repairs, vandalism and a monthly maintenance visit from Metro Rod.
“We need to do something now or they will shut at the end of October.”
Members agreed this sounded like a feasible guide for their own management on the condition Powys resolve the drain issue first.