Mousehole wins fight to keep toilets open
MOUSEHOLE'S public toilets have been saved by the village's harbour authority after extensive negotiations with Cornwall Council.
The local authority had intended to close one of the two public toilets as part of a Cornwall-wide plan to wipe £1 million off their costs.
Towns and parishes have since been weighing up whether and how they can take on their own conveniences which many see as crucial in a region dependent on tourism.
On Monday, Mousehole Harbour Authority announced it now owned both toilets and will run them using revenue from the village's two car parks.
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As part of the deal the North Quay toilets have been refurbished by Cormac and the council, and will be open all-year round.
The South Quay toilets have been updated and will open seasonally.
A statement from Mousehole Harbour Authority said: "The harbour commissioners, under chairman Dudley Penrose, determined from the outset to try and turn this potential setback into a positive outcome and since then deputy chairman Andy Crawford and secretary Charles Law have been involved in protracted negotiation with Cornwall Council to achieve the best possible result for all residents, visitors and businesses in Mousehole."
A cleaning contract has been awarded to local company Crystal Clear.
The garden attached to the South Quay toilets will be improved and maintained by local horticultural expert Bill Johnson.
Mr Crawford said: "Cornwall Council will provide some financial assistance but they have sold us the toilets for a nominal fee and we will use revenue from the Mousehole car parks to maintain them.
"All parties involved have worked hard to get here and the guidance and assistance of Councillor Roger Harding has been greatly appreciated, likewise the work of William Buse and his team on the Cormac-Cornwall Council Public Convenience Scheme."