Consultation on closure of Cove toilets
Posted on: 23 March 2016
A consultation begins today (Wednesday 23 March) on the proposed closure of a toilet block at the Cove, Ilfracombe.
North Devon Council has been reviewing the cost and usage of council-owned public conveniences across the district. Use of the toilets on Cove Road has been gradually declining and as there are other facilities nearby at the Pier, the council proposes to close the Cove toilet block.
North Devon Council Executive Member responsible for public conveniences, Councillor Rodney Cann, says: “We’ve been reviewing our public convenience provision in general across North Devon and have identified that many of our toilets are very well used. However, our data shows that usage at Cove Road has been gradually declining and, following discussions with Ilfracombe Harbour Board and Ilfracombe Town Council, we are going out to consultation on proposals to close the toilets.”
In 2014/15, the public toilets at the Cove cost the council £14,000 to maintain, which includes £6,000 in cleaning costs. The toilet block is also subject to frequent anti-social behaviour and vandalism. If the toilet block was closed, the council would find another use for the building, which would include toilet provision specifically for local fishermen.
The consultation closes on 29 April. You can have your say on the proposed closure at www.northdevon.gov.uk/consultations.Posted in: Community