Wednesday, 31 October 2012

Press Release Regarding Public Conveniences In The Borough

Cabinet Member draws line under Public Convenience closures

Conwy’s Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Mike Priestley has announced that he does not intend to compulsorily close any public conveniences in the county borough.

The extensive consultation with communities over a number of years attracted much debate and interest from the public.

Cllr Mike Priestley said: “The review of our service was never about saving money, we aimed to improve the service by spending money from closed facilities on refurbishing others. But, during the consultation many people have said that they would rather have a basic facility than none at all.”

With this in mind Cllr Mike Priestley has consulted with the Council Leader, cabinet colleagues and Senior Executive Team and announced that Conwy’s existing public conveniences will remain open.

He added: “Our budget will not extend to significant refurbishment or improvement of any of these facilities, and I must stress that if any are vandalised or damaged we may not have the funds to repair them and they may be closed until money is available.

“However, I’m still committed to working with Town & Community Councils, local groups and businesses to look at opportunities to improve the service, whether by transferring responsibility or contribution to running costs.”

In support of the decision Cllr Phil Edwards, Cabinet Member for Communities, said: “I very much welcome this announcement for our communities. The issue has been debated at great length and this decision today will set all our minds at rest. It will be warmly welcomed I'm sure by our residents, businesses and the many thousands of people who visit our beautiful county."


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