‘To­tally ob­jec­tion­able’ har­bour toi­lets re­moval sparks pe­ti­tion

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THE re­moval of pub­lic toi­lets at Burry Port har­bour has been de­scribed as “to­tally ob­jec­tion­able” by two coun­cil­lors who have started a pe­ti­tion.

John James and Amanda Fox said the clo­sure was af­fect­ing the el­derly, young chil­dren, dis­abled peo­ple and mums-to-be.

But Car­marthen­shire Coun­cil said the toi­lets – near the for­mer lifeboat sta­tion – had been tar­geted by van­dals, and that pub­lic toi­lets just across the har­bour were due to be up­graded within the next 12 months.

The coun­cil­lors, who rep­re­sent Burry Port, said they launched the pe­ti­tion after ef­forts to get the clo­sure de­ci­sion re­versed were un­suc­cess­ful.

In a joint state­ment, they said: “A key fac­tor is that the pub­lic are not ask­ing for ad­di­tional toi­lets, they are re­quest­ing that the ones re­moved be re­placed.

“We have an age­ing pop­u­la­tion that suf­fer from the ail­ments that come in later life, and read­ily avail­able toi­lets play a very im­por­tant part in en­sur­ing they can cope with these needs in a proper and dig­ni­fied man­ner.

“But it’s not just the el­derly that this action im­pacts upon.

“Other vul­ner­a­ble groups such as preg­nant women, chil­dren and peo­ple with dis­abil­i­ties, as well as their car­ers, are also af­fected.”

They said the county coun­cil was do­ing much to broaden the ap­peal of Burry Port.

“So it’s a shame that the re­moval of these toi­lets is caus­ing so much re­sent­ment and con­ster­na­tion when there are so many pos­i­tive things hap­pen­ing and planned for the Burry Port har­bour area,” added their state­ment.

The duo urged peo­ple to sign the pe­ti­tion to show their dis­sat­is­fac­tion “at this to­tally ob­jec­tion­able action”.

In re­sponse, Ian Jones, the coun­cil’s head of leisure, said: “The toi­lets on the east side of the har­bour were re­moved by the coun­cil after a num­ber of incidents of van­dal­ism.

“We are in the process of look­ing into op­tions for al­ter­nate pro­vi­sion. How­ever, there are toi­let fa­cil­i­ties within a five-minute walk on the other side of the har­bour. These are due to be up­graded over the next 12 months.”

Mr Jones added: “It is also hoped that the in­vest­ment into the new har­bour of­fice and cafe will pro­vide ad­di­tional pro­vi­sion.”

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Burry Port coun­cil­lors John James and Amanda Fox at the har­bour with their pe­ti­tion.

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