‘Vitally important’ to keep Tywyn toilets open

By Alex Jones in Local People

A THOUSAND-STRONG petition has been handed to a Gwynedd councillor in a bid to keep public toilets open.

In a campaign initiated by the South Meirionnydd Older People’s Forum, over 1,000 people have signed paperwork across Tywyn in a bid to keep both public toilets open.

The petition was handed to Gwynedd councillor Anne Lloyd Jones on Tuesday.

Presently there are public conveniences by the park on the seafront, as well as by the Magic Lantern cinema in town.

However Gwynedd Council has stated that they “simply cannot afford” to keep all of the current toilets open.

Public toilets across the county are under threat with dozens set to close unless local communities can help finance them.

Tywyn Town Council has made a commitment to keep the cinema toilets open to the public but is waiting for the county council to announce which conveniences are set to close before clarifying its position on the seafront toilet.

George Buckley, a spokesperson for the Older People’s Forum, said: “It’s vitally important that we maintain both sets of toilets, that’s what our petition states.

“Without them society’s more vulnerable people will stay away from the area rather than be caught short.

“The ones in town are necessary, especially when we have big events like the Easter Fair recently. There are thousands of people in town and where else would they go?

“So many people have said they’re quite willing to have a meter on the door and pay 20p for using the facilities.

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