Toilets could close unless council takes them on

PUBLISHED: 14:00 06 September 2012

Villagers' help is needed to decide whether the toilets should be retained

Villagers' help is needed to decide whether the toilets should be retained

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ONE village's public toilet block is set to be closed by North Somerset Council - but it could be kept open by the parish authority.

The public convenience in The Mead, Blagdon, is set to close in March 2013 as part of North Somerset’s cost-cutting drive, and parish councillors are now faced with the choice of keeping them open at extra cost or letting them close.

If Blagdon Parish Council did take on the facility, it is estimated that it would then cause the village precept to rise by 13.8 per cent – a rise of £8.50 a year for Band D households.

The conveniences, which serve both The Mead and the nearby children’s play area, currently cost £4,400 a year to run.

Parish councillors Mary Taviner and Philip Smith are currently in discussions with North Somerset over the potential transfer of the toilets.

Before a decision is made, the parish council is looking for the views of villagers on whether they feel the toilets are needed.

If you want to have your say, post a letter at the parish postbox in The Stores, use the survey in the autumn issue of Blagdon Views or email the parish clerk on parish.clerk@blagdonpc.org.uk

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