Public toilets demo called off as petition is considered
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.