Mitchel­stown pub­lic toi­let run­ning at a loss of €35k

Irish Examiner - County - - News - Sean O’Rior­dan

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.

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