Pub­lic toi­lets demo called off as pe­ti­tion is con­sid­ered

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A PRO­POSED demon­stra­tion about the clo­sure of pub­lic toi­lets at Burry Port har­bour is on hold.

Burry Port coun­cil­lors John James and Amanda Fox said it fol­lowed the unan­i­mous back­ing of Car­marthen­shire coun­cil­lors at a meet­ing last Wednesday to accept a pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the clo­sure.

The ex­ec­u­tive board has pledged to con­sider the pe­ti­tion.

In a state­ment, the two ward coun­cil­lors said: “In the mean­time we will ap­proach the mem­bers of the pub­lic who have in­di­cated they wish to hold a peace­ful demon­stra­tion at the har­bour and ask them not to do so un­til we have spo­ken to the county coun­cil.

“Sub­se­quently we will in­form the pub­lic of the out­come of this meet­ing.”

Coun­cil­lor Peter Hughes Grif­fiths said the rul­ing ad­min­is­tra­tion in Car­marthen­shire would look “com­pletely fairly” at a pe­ti­tion which called for their re­in­state­ment.

The fa­cil­i­ties, near the for­mer lifeboat sta­tion, were closed just over a month ago.

The Plaid Cymru ad­min­is­tra­tion said they had been sub­jected to van­dal­ism, and that toi­lets the other side of the har­bour would be up­graded over the next 12 months.

Speak­ing at a full coun­cil meet­ing, Mr Grif­fiths said al­most all of the pe­ti­tion sig­na­torees were lo­cal people who would know about the other toi­lets.

The ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber for cul­ture, sport and tourism added: “Over the past few weeks we have en­sured there are more signs show­ing ex­actly where the (open) toi­lets are.”

Ear­lier in the meet­ing, Burry Port coun­cil­lor John James said the clo­sure of the toi­lets near the old lifeboat sta­tion had caused great con­ster­na­tion and that a “peace­ful demon­stra­tion” was pro­posed, among other mea­sures.

His ward col­league, coun­cil­lor Amanda Fox, said an el­derly man had wet him­self at the har­bour re­cently while try­ing to reach the toi­lets the other side. “This is one ex­am­ple of why we need these toi­lets re­in­stated,” she said.

The ad­min­is­tra­tion has been spear­head­ing a num­ber of de­vel­op­ments at Burry Port har­bour and pro­vid­ing pub­lic toi­lets is not a statu­tory re­quire­ment for coun­cils.

Mr Grif­fiths said many elected mem­bers would be glad to have one pub­lic toi­let, let alone two.

But coun­cil­lors An­dre McPher­son and Ken Lloyd said they felt el­derly people were be­ing dis­pro­por­tion­ately dis­ad­van­taged by the cur­rent ar­range­ments at Burry Port har­bour.

Coun­cil­lor Dar­ren Price said he ap­pre­ci­ated there was a lo­cal need in Burry Port, but sug­gested it could be some­thing for Pem­brey and Burry Port Town Coun­cil to ad­dress.

The ex­ec­u­tive board will now con­sider the pe­ti­tion.

Burry Port coun­cil­lors John James and Amanda Fox with their pe­ti­tion op­pos­ing the clo­sure of pub­lic toi­lets by the old lifeboat sta­tion.

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