Handling of Powys toilets is 'laughable'


Rebecca Cole

A COMMUNITY leader has criticised the ‘complete chaos’ surrounding the future of the county’s public toilets.
Llanfyllin town councillor Peter Lewis, who is also a county councillor, said the constant back and forth of decisions from Powys County Council (PCC) on whether it would continue its maintenance of the 38 facilities across the county was laughable.
And he criticised the authority’s apparent disregard for what residents wanted and communities needed.
He said: “From the beginning there was no consultation.
“They didn’t warn us of their plans, they just told us ‘this is what’s happening’.
“There should have been a consultation before any decisions were made.
“If they had just given us 12 months to sort things out in the first place it would have saved a lot of stress.”

PCC first announced its plans to give up responsibility for the county’s public toilets in the Summer last year throwing Llanfyllin Town Council into turmoil as it strove to come up with the finances to keep the facility open in time for the original deadline of the turn of the year.
But the authority then seemed to soften as it agreed to keep running the facilities until the end of the tax year.
The latest announcement confirmed PCC would not close any services until 2015 but would continue to work with authorities like Llanfyllin Parish Council to strike deals to safeguard the future of public toilets, many of which are deemed vital by their communities.
Cllr Lewis added: “We’re committed to keeping the toilets open and we will keep liaising with Powys to make sure that happens.
“We’re also determined to get the best deal and will make sure we get back the money they owe us for the repairs we carried out.
“We’re not going to rush into anything now we know we’ve got time on our side.”

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