Councillors asked to give up allowance rise to pay for Helston loos
10:40am Tuesday 6th November 2012 in News
HELSTON's Cornwall Councillors will be asked to give up their recent 20 per cent allowance hike to help pay to keep toilets in the town open.
The council is looking at a number options to help safeguard public toilets in the town, including asking Cornwall councillors Alec Robertson, Andrew Wallis and Judith Haycock to give up their pay rise, if they are re-elected in May.
Turnstiles, privatisation and sponsorship are also among the options being discussed by Helston Town Council.
One of the councillor's Andrew Wallis, who represents Porthleven and Helston South, said that he is always willing to do what he can to help, pointing out that he has already been working with Porthleven council to help them get “the best deal possible” from Cornwall Council.
He added that as there was no guarantee he would be re-elected, he was unwilling to make any promises he could not keep.
The future of the facilities in Trengrouse Way, behind the Guildhall and next to the Gryll's Monument is in doubt after Cornwall Council has offered to continue running one set out of the three, with the remaining two being “mothballed.”
The town council can take on one or more of the facilities, with Cornwall Council offering a grant of just under £9,300 towards the cost of running them.
Mayor Jonathan Radford-Gaby said: “Cornwall Council is not going to maintain three sets of public conveniences in the town and I think it would be folly for this council to simply look the other way. The time has come for us to make a decision.”
Cornwall councillors' basic allowance will rise from £12,500 to £14,600 a year after councillors voted to give themselves the inflation busting rise, if they are re-elected.
The possibility of businesses opening their facilities to members of the public has also been discussed, with Cornwall Council already in talks with a brewery chain.