Whilst social distancing measures remain in place, the public toilets in Gunnislake and Calstock will remain closed.
The government has issued stringent guidance on the re-opening of toilets during the Covid-19 pandemic which is unfeasible for our Parish Council to uphold and we would not wish to risk the public health of toilet users and staff who would be required to monitor the use of the toilets and clean them after each visit.
There are people using Marsh Lane behind the field in Calstock as a toilet
Fine by me. Please advise what returns you are going to grant the council taxpayers for denying their facilities
The Parish Council felt that on balance it was more cost effective to keep them closed for the taxpayers. To have adhered to the Government standards at least two full time members of staff would have needed to have been appointed as toilet attendants. The Parish Council already spends thousands of pounds a year on keeping the toilets open for which we receive no grants or money from the Local Authority.
Please find some way of reopening the toilets! Faeces are a public health hazard, not least because they can transmit COVID-19. Whether we like it or not, people are visiting the village in increasing numbers and must have some place to relieve themselves. Young people are regularly gathering and camping on the field. So they will relieve themselves on Marsh Lane, on the field, or wherever they can if they cannot access public toilets.
Dear Gwynneth – we are hoping to have a facility open next week. We have to ensure we have adhered to stringent regulations and we are working to do this as quickly as possible. As it is an issue for public health the ultimate decision will lie with the full council who will discuss it next Tuesday. Please be assured that we are getting things in place so that as soon as we have approval we can reopen.