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Fight goes on to save public toilets in Teignbridge

By Herald Express  |  Posted: May 01, 2014

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THE battle of the loos is still raging in Teignbridge.

Plans to shut public toilets in Bishopsteignton and Christow will be discussed further when Teignbridge Council's overview and scrutiny committee meet on Tuesday when they were 'called in'.

In September, Teignbridge's Executive decided discussions should start with community organisations and town and parish councils with a view to disposing of a number of public loos in the district to save money.

A call-in for the Bishopsteignton toilets was made by Cllr Alun Willams.

He was supported by councillors Alan Connett, Alistair Dewhirst, Terry Falcao and Gordon Hook.

Numerous reasons were given, including the offer made to the parish council would not be feasible without an unacceptable hike in the council's precept for 2014 to 2015; the parish council is not necessarily opposed to the idea of running the toilets, but Cllr Williams believes the current proposals don't allow for adequate financial or administrative planning before any transfer; local people are opposed to the closure.

They also claimed there seems to be a lack of consistency and fairness across the district between urban and rural areas.

Cllr Stephen Purser also called in the Christow toilets move and was backed by councillors Beryl Austen, Carol Bunday, Mary Colclough, Alan Connett, Anne Fry, Mike Haines, Mike Hocking, Richard Keeling, Dick Petherick and Kelvyn Shantry.

The ownership of the toilets has only recently been established and the parish council was expecting to continue discussions with the district council.

Cllr Purser and the parish council say they understood from talks and meetings that the TDC budget provided for opening and running costs until March next year.

The parish council had intended to use this time to continue discussions, raise funds and discuss a way forward with other local organisations.

Cllr Purser also believes the facility is well used locally and is the only public toilet in the Teign Valley.

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