Gorge loos could close

PUBLISHED: 06:49 04 May 2006 | UPDATED: 09:13 24 May 2010

TWO public toilets which serve the thousands of tourists who visit Cheddar Gorge every year have been recommended for closure. A team of councillors has said the public conveniences in The Cliffs and Tweentown should be closed as part of a cost-cutting pr

TWO public toilets which serve the thousands of tourists who visit Cheddar Gorge every year have been recommended for closure.A team of councillors has said the public conveniences in The Cliffs and Tweentown should be closed as part of a cost-cutting programme at Sedgemoor District Council.Cheddar parish councillors had told the authority the toilets were essential because of the number of tourists attracted to the area.They said if any facilities were to be closed then it should be Station Road toilets, which have turned into a magnet for crowds of youngsters and antisocial behaviour.A decision on whether to close the toilets was due to be made today (Fri) by the council's policy review and scrutiny committee.Parish councillor Gill Davies said: "These are very well used toilets and it would be absurd to shut them down."In a tourist area they are absolutely vital. When people drive for miles to get here the first thing many of them will think is 'where's the nearest toilet?'"If the district council is proposing to pass them onto the parish then I'm not sure how we would deal with it because we have had no experience in managing a toilet before."Sedgemoor's corporate director for regeneration, Doug Bamsey, said:"If toilets are closed, then part of the money saved will be reinvested into providing better facilities elsewhere."Nothing has been decided, we are looking at each toilet and how important it is and what state it is in. In Cheddar's case we are looking at which facilities are important and where we can provide the best service possible."The authority has also recommended closing a public toilet in The Borough in Wedmore.

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