Talks renew hope of saving town toilets
Councillors in a Cornish market town are hoping fresh negotiations with the local authority can save its public conveniences from closing.
Lostwithiel Town Council had previously failed to agree terms to take over ownership of the conveniences in Church Lane, prompting Cornwall Council to announce they would close at the end of this month.
But County Hall said it was happy to resume talks with the town council to see if there was a way forward.
The town council has now formed a working party to re-negotiate the terms on which it could feasibly take over the conveniences.
Chris Jewels, a councillor for Lostwithiel, said this week that as a resident, he hoped Cornwall Council and Lostwithiel Town Council could come to an amicable solution.
He said: "I would like to see the toilets remain open, but not at any price.
"Lostwithiel is in a similar position to other councils in that Cornwall Council seems to have moved the goalposts. The working party is negotiating to see if there is room to manoeuvre and the toilets can be retained.''
The town council has estimated it may cost up to £100,000 to bring the toilets back up to standard. Cornwall Council had previously offered to refurbish the facilities, but said this offer was dependent on Lostwithiel Town Council taking them over.