Plug pulled on South Hams public toilets to save £80,000
Public conveniences are set to close within a Devon district council area in a bid to save money.
The 48 toilet facilities in the South Hams will be shut for four months from October next year to save the authority £80,000.
Individual toilets could be closed from November this year if agreement is reached with a town or parish council.
The money-saving move comes in response to cuts from central government – meaning the authority is faced with plugging a £479,000 funding gap.
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South Hams Council leader John Tucker said: "Each case will be looked at individually based on usage and other factors. If the town or parish is unhappy about the closures then it may well be that they wish to take over running their toilets as other parishes have done. But we need to stress that there would be no closures before 2014 unless the parish or town councils agree. This will give time for parishes or towns to make a precept to find the money to keep them open, should they feel the situation demanded."
It said the total cost of keeping each toilet open for a year ranges from £50,000 down to £1,000.