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Hopes for fresh talks over toilet closures

By The Cornishman  |  Posted: July 11, 2013

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MARAZION residents and councillors petitioning for the decision to close public toilets in the town to be re-examined are asking for support.

The petition has been launched by town postmistress Jane McColl following a decision by Cornwall Council to mothball facilities in the town centre at Marazion Square. The Folly Field public conveniences are to remain open but will be closed on weekdays during the winter months, while the facilities at the station car park are going to become pay-per-use.

It is hoped that the petition, which has the support of Marazion Town Council and the town's chamber of commerce, will convince Cornwall Council's new leader John Pollard to reassess the decision to close the conveniences.

Jane said: "Marazion residents are really ready to sign up to this as they are all feeling that the decision was the wrong one and they would like John Pollard to reopen discussions and have the decision re-evaluated given the strategic importance of these toilets to Marazion's economy."

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The closed toilets are located in the centre of Marazion, near to the slipways where ferries carry thousands of tourists to St Michael's Mount each year.

Jane added: "We really do hope that John Pollard will be able to reopen the discussion on the closure of our town-centre toilets.

"Mr Pollard will understand from his local knowledge that in this instance the decision was not in the best interest of residents or indeed the thousands who visit our town."

Town councillor David Eddy said the petition was going well but that the campaign needed more support if it was to succeed.

He said: "I think the whole council is supporting it, and most of the town. It is dreadful that they have shut toilets in Marazion, Penzance or wherever. The petition is running quite well but we need more public support.

"Marazion council is looking for support from other councils and would be a leading council on this."

A spokeswoman for Cornwall Council said the decision to close toilets was taken because of a funding cut from central government.

She said: "The (Marazion) town council explored the options in 2012 but sadly decided not to work in partnership with Cornwall Council to retain the level of provision that has existed under previous financial arrangements. The decision to close the toilets at Marazion Square was made to protect the facilities alongside the beach, play area and parking."

She added that the unitary authority remains open to discussion over the facilities.

The petition is available at Marazion Post Office, Cobble Corner, Baden House Pharmacy, Keepsakes and Marazion Cancer Shop.

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