Mitchelstown public toilet running at a loss of €35k
The county council is counting the cost of running a public toilet in North Cork.
The cost of running and maintaining the service in Mitchelstown was, last year, 23 times more than what the “pay as you go” service yielded in returns.
The public loo is operated at a reported €37,380 yearly.
Last year, the income generated came to a total of €1,624.47. The operator is Cork County Council.
Overall, when it came to spending a penny, or more, the operating costs at the two other public toilets in the Fermoy/Charleville municipal district council area were far less.
County councillors at the municipal divisional meeting were told the Mitchelstown superloo was the most expensive to operate in the region.
The non-charge toilet in Fermoy cost €7,297.57 to operate while a similar one in Charleville was slightly more expensive at €9,566.78.
A report compiled by Pauline Moriarty, municipal officer for the Fermoy/Charleville municipal district council, on the state of public toilets showed that repeated vandalism seems to be a big problem at the public toilet at Ashe Quay, Fermoy.
The facility in Fermoy had been refurbished in 2015.
Meanwhile, Mitchelstown (opened in 2005) and the one in Charleville which was opened in the 1990s.
At a recent municipal district council meeting she told councillors that staff would soon be giving the Charleville facility a makeover by providing a special needs toilet.
In addition cubicles would be laminated for easier maintenance after powerwashing and new signage would be put up.
It’s likely that the convenience in Mitchelstown will also be powerwashed and the glass exterior of the one in Fermoy will also be cleaned.