Ystradgynlais toilets under threat
THE cost of providing facilities for the public to spend a penny is proving too much for a Swansea Valley town council.
Councillors in Ystradgynlais have voted to inform Powys Council that they are unable to maintain the town’s public toilet on Station Road.
The move comes after the county council, as with all local authorities across the country, looks to make savings in its spending due to the current economic climate.
The county, which currently has 67 public toilets is believed to be looking to off-load 38 to community interest groups.
Powys council is now asking town councils — including Ystradgynlais — to take over the responsibility of running toilets or risk losing them.
Councillor Barry Thomas, Cabinet Member for Environment said: “In the past we have successfully transferred facilities to community groups and looking to extend that scheme for the remaining 38 toilets directly managed by the county council. Groups taking on the facilities would receive a council grant for the service.
“If community groups are not interested in managing the facilities then unfortunately the council will be forced to close them at the end of October. If there is no interest after that date the facilities will be declared surplus by March 2014.”
However Ystradgynlais Town Council clerk, Brian Rees said: “It has been resolved that the county council be advised that the town council was not financially in a position to take over the responsibility and would petition the Powys County Council to retain responsibility for keeping the public convenience at Ystradgynlais Town Centre.”
All is not lost for people caught short in the town however as a new public toilet is in the pipeline as part of a new transport interchange set to be completed some time next year.
A spokesman for Powys Council said: “The county council is, however, building a new transport interchange in Ystradgynlais which will include public conveniences when it opens.”