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Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Town Council to discuss future of Market Street public toilets

The issue of Llangollen's under-threat public toilets will be discussed by the Town Council at its next meeting, the Town Clerk has said. 

Denbighshire County Council is proposing to rid itself of most of the county’s 20 public conveniences in a bid to ease its under-pressure budget to the tune of around £200,000 a year.

Pointing out that it doesn’t have a legal duty to provide toilets, it has suggested that they could be taken over by town and community councils. 

Llangollen Town Council has as yet made no official comment on whether it might take over the Market Street toilets, where three people are employed.

However, local county councillor Karen Edwards has said she believes this seems unlikely.

Yesterday llanblogger asked Town Clerk, Gareth Thomas, for an official comment on the council's position.

And he replied: "It is on the agenda for next week's town council meeting. Until Members have considered this report I cannot comment."

The next council meeting is on Tuesday April 16 at 6pm in the council chamber (hybrid). 

The proposal’s affect on the public loos in Market Street has sparked a barrage of angry criticism on social media and campaigns to protect them and there have been calls for a public meetings held under the auspices of the Town Council.

Clwyd South MS Ken Skates has already expressed his support for saving the toilets by writing to council chief executive Graham Boase to request the authority takes another look at the proposal.

Jim Jones, SEO of North Wales Tourism, and Vale of Clwyd MP Dr James Davies have also declared themselves opposed to DCC divesting itself of the toilets.  

It is understood that DCC officers are preparing a more in-depth appraisal on the affects of their proposal as requested by members of the authority's scrutiny committee at their last meeting.

The final say on the plan will be down to the council's cabinet.

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